Antique George I Silver Taperstick
Maker: Joseph Healy
A delightful little antique sterling silver taper stick of plain early design with baluster stem and square octagonal foot with...
A delightful little antique sterling silver taper stick of plain early design with baluster stem and square octagonal foot with a sunken well. Cast silver.
Weight 116 grams, 3.7 troy ounces.
Height 11 cms. Base 7×7 cm.
Maker Joseph Healy.
Literature: Silver tapersticks, averaging about 5 inches high, are miniature table candlesticks used to hold a wax taper. Tapersticks would typically be found on a desk as they were not used for lighting; the melted sticks of wax were used for sealing letters, to give a flame for tobacco pipes or to light large candles. They are rarer than candlesticks and very few existed prior to the Queen Anne period. They usually appear in singles and pairs of tapersticks command a premium price.
This lovely taper stick is in very good condition. Excellent patina. With a full set of English silver hallmarks under the base. Please note that this item is not new and will show moderate signs of wear commensurate with age. Reflections in the photograph may detract from the true representation of this item.
Maker: Joseph Healy
Joseph Healy, free of the Barber Surgeons by patrimony 1724,. Two marks (Sterling and New Standard) entered as largeworker 1725.
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