George II Antique Silver Candlesticks


Stock: 10356

Date: 1727

Maker: James Gould

Country: England

A handsome pair of antique silver candle holders. Very attractive design with faceted columns and shaped bases. Heavy cast silver...

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A handsome pair of antique silver candle holders. Very attractive design with faceted columns and shaped bases. Heavy cast silver and good original colour.

Total weight 721g, 23.1 troy ounces.
Height 16.5cm. Base 10.3cm.
London 1727 (1st year of George II).
Maker James Gould.
Sterling silver

Marks. Each stick is stamped underneath with a full set of clear English silver hallmarks, one stick with a trace of the lion mark at the top. Hand engraved below the bases with owner’s initials “W over I.A”.

Literature. Few domestic antique silver candlesticks still exist before the reign of Charles II and 17th century examples are usually made from sheet silver and are light in weight. Cast candlesticks started to appear circa 1685 and are much heavier in weight. The first loaded candlesticks appeared circa 1765 and are made of sheet silver, and not cast.

Although many early candlesticks had fixed nozzles the first cast candlesticks were made without these useful drip pans. During the period c.1735-50 candlesticks with detachable nozzles appeared which facilitated much easier cleaning.


These fine candlesticks are in very good condition with moderate signs of wear commensurate with age. Both completely matching and original. Excellent patina.

Maker Information

Maker: James Gould

James Gould, London silversmith, apprenticed to David Green (specialist candlestick and taperstick maker) in 1714, free 1722. 2 marks (Sterling and New Standard) entered in 1722. 3rd mark circa 1733. Livery 1739. 4th mark 1739. 5th mark 1743. Court 1745. Died circa 1747 when Mrs James Gould entered her mark. His son James II, born 1730, was apprenticed to his father in 1744. James II is noted as a working candlestick maker but no mark seems attributable to him. William Gould was apprenticed to his brother James Gould in 1724 and entered his first mark as largeworker in 1732. Like his brother, his mark is found virtually on candlesticks alone.

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