George II Antique Silver Taperstick
Maker: Simon Jouet
A charming little antique sterling silver taperstick of plain early design having a waisted capital and shaped, square base. Cast...
A charming little antique sterling silver taperstick of plain early design having a waisted capital and shaped, square base. Cast silver.
Weight 115 grams, 3.6 troy ounces.
Height 10.8cm. Base diameter 7cm.
Maker Simon Jouet.
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.
This lovely taper stick is in very good condition. Excellent patina.
Maker: Simon Jouet
Simon Jouet, London silversmith, also known as Simon Jovet, Jovett or Jowett. Son of Peter Jouet, recorded working as a goldsmith in Westminster in 1699. Simon, listed as Hugeunot by Evans (Hug. Soc. Proc., 14, p. 541), was apprenticed to John Orchard 1718, turned over to Thomas Folkingham 1722, free 1725. 1st mark (New Standard) entered as largeworker c.1725. 2nd mark (Sterling) as smallworker 1725. 3rd mark 1739. 4th mark 1748. Became member of the Honourable Artillery Company 1749.
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