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George II Antique Silver Taperstick

£950

Stock: 10154

Date: 1735

Maker: James Gould

Country: England

A pretty little antique silver taperstick with knopped stem and shaped rectangular base. Nice plain style. Cast silver. Weight 124...

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Description

Description

A pretty little antique silver taperstick with knopped stem and shaped rectangular base. Nice plain style. Cast silver.

Weight 124 grams, 4.0 troy ounces.
Height 10.8cm. Diameter of base 6.9cm.
London 1735.
Maker James Gould.
Sterling silver.

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

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.

Condition

The little taperstick is in very good condition. Excellent colour.

Maker Information

Maker: James Gould

James Gould, London silversmith, apprenticed to David Green 1714, free 1722. 2 marks (Sterling and New Standard) entered in 1722. 3rd mark circa 1733. Livery 1739. 4th mark 1739. 4th mark 1743, 5th mark 1743. Died circa 1747 when Mrs James Gould entered her mark. His son James II, born 1730, was apprenticed to his father in 1744.

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