Antique George II Silver Taperstick
Maker: William Cafe
A very charming little antique silver taper stick with shaped base with knopped baluster stem. Cast silver. Weight 109 grams,...
A very charming little antique silver taper stick with shaped base with knopped baluster stem. Cast silver. Weight 109 grams, 3.5 troy ounces. Height 11 cms. Base diameter 8 cms. The taper stick is marked underneath on 4 corners with English silver hallmarks for London 1754. Maker William Cafe.
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 pretty taperstick is in very good condition with no damage or restoration. Excellent patina. With a full set of clear and matching English silver hallmarks. The base is slightly rocky. 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: William Cafe
William Café, apprenticed to his brother John Café 1742, turned himself over to Simon Jouet 1746. Free 1757. Livery 1758. Mark entered as largeworker 1757, probably on the death of his brother John. Both William and John were known for their cast candlesticks. Known apprentices were Thomas Neale in 1777 and William’s son Thomas in 1784. William died circa 1802-1811.
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