Antique Queen Anne Silver Taperstick
Maker: William Twell
A delightful little antique silver taper stick of plain early design with baluster stem and raised octagonal foot. Cast silver....
A delightful little antique silver taper stick of plain early design with baluster stem and raised octagonal foot. Cast silver. Britannia standard silver*.
Weight 115 grams, 3.6 troy ounces.
Height 11.5 cms. Base diameter 7.6 cms.
Maker William Twell.
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.
*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.
This lovely taperstick is in very good condition. Excellent patina.
Maker: William Twell
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