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Antique Queen Anne Silver Taperstick

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Stock: 10131

Date: 1707

Maker: Thomas Merry

Country: England

A charming little antique silver taperstick of plain early design with baluster stem and raised octagonal foot. Cast silver. Britannia...

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Description

Description

A charming little antique silver taperstick of plain early design with baluster stem and raised octagonal foot. Cast silver. Britannia standard silver*. Hand engraved on the foot is a lion crest.

Weight 127 grams, 4.1 troy ounces.
Height 11.8cm. Base diameter 7.7cm.
London 1707.
Maker Thomas Merry.

Marks. Stamped underneath with a full set of English silver hallmarks.

Literature. Tapersticks, averaging about 5 inches high are miniature table candlesticks used to hold a wax taper. They are rarer than candlesticks and very few exist prior to the Queen Anne period. They usually appear in singles and pairs of tapersticks command a premium price.

*Britannia Standard. In 1696, so extensive had become the melting and clipping of coinage that the silversmiths were forbidden to use the sterling standard for their wares, but had to use a new higher standard, 95.8 per cent. New hallmarks were ordered, “the figure of a woman commonly called Britannia” and the lion’s head erased (torn off at the neck) replacing the lion passant and the leopard’s head crowned. This continued until the old standard of 92.5 per cent was restored in 1720. Britannia standard silver still continues to be produced even today.

Condition

This lovely taperstick is in very good condition. Excellent patina.

Maker Information

Maker: Thomas Merry

Thomas Merry I, apprenticed to Henry Grant in 1693, turned over to John Laughton, a specialist candlestick maker in 1695, free 1701. Mark entered in 1701 as smallworker. Married 1699.

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