George II Antique Silver Tapersticks


Stock: 9216

Date: 1751

Maker: John Café

Country: England

A delightful pair of little antique silver taper sticks with stepped bases and shell corners. Cast silver. One with a...

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A delightful pair of little antique silver taper sticks with stepped bases and shell corners. Cast silver. One with a hand engraved crest.

Total weight 290 grams, 9.3 troy ounces.
Height 12 cms. Base width 7.4 cm.
London 1751.
Maker John Cafe, known for his candlesticks.
Sterling silver.

Marks. Marked underneath in four corners with a full set of clear and matching English silver hallmarks.

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.


These lovely tapersticks are in very good condition. Excellent patina. One has a hand engraved crest (with wear).

Maker Information

Maker: John Café

John Café, London silversmith, apprenticed to James Gould 1730, free 1740. 1st mark, largeworker, 1740. 2nd mark 1742. Took his brother William Cafe as apprentice 1742. Livery 1746. John died c.1757 and his apprentices Thomas Hannam and John Perry were turned over to William Cafe. Both William and John were known for their cast candlesticks.

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