George II Antique Silver Taperstick
Maker: James Phipps I
A sweet little antique silver taperstick with shaped base and shell corners. Classic style. Cast silver. Weight 137 grams, 4.4...
A sweet little antique silver taperstick with shaped base and shell corners. Classic style. Cast silver.
Weight 137 grams, 4.4 troy ounces.
Height 12.8cm. Base 7 x 7cm.
Maker James Phipps II.
Marks. The taperstick is marked underneath on 4 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.
The little candlestick is in very good condition.
Maker: James Phipps I
James Phipps I, London silver maker, apprenticed to William Pinnell 1741, turned over to Robert Collier, clockmaker. Free 1749. 1st mark entered in partnership with William Bond 1754. 2nd mark as smallworker 1767. 3rd mark 1773. Report List 1773, Livery 1781. Also worked in partnership with son Thomas as James & Thomas Phipps, no mark entered, dissolved 1783. Died circa 1800. Thomas Phipps son of James Phipps I. James Phipps II grandson of James Phipps I.
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