Antique George II Silver Taperstick


Stock: 9129

Date: 1751

Maker: Lawrence Johnson

Country: England

A delightful little antique silver taper stick with shaped base with shell corners. Cast silver. Weight 150 grams, 4.8 troy...

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A delightful little antique silver taper stick with shaped base with shell corners. Cast silver.

Weight 150 grams, 4.8 troy ounces.

Height 12.5 cms. Base diameter 7.5 cms.

The taper stick is marked underneath on 4 corners with English silver hallmarks for London 1754.

Maker Lawrence Johnson.

Sterling silver.

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 taperstick is in very good condition. Excellent patina. With a full set of clear and matching English silver hallmarks. 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 Information

Maker: Lawrence Johnson

Lawrence Johnson, London silversmith, no record of apprenticeship or freedom. 1st mark entered as largeworker 1751. Recorded as a working goldsmith, Katharine St, corner of Exeter St near the Strand, 1751-63.

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