George II Silver Candlesticks


Stock: 9026

Date: 1737

Maker: James Gould

Country: England

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

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A handsome pair of antique silver candle holders. Very attractive design with knopped columns and shaped bases. Heavy cast silver and good original colour. Each has a hand engraved armorial within the well of the base. The detachable sconces are matching but probably made a few years later as candlesticks of this date were generally made without.

Total weight 891 grams, 28.6 troy ounces.
Height 18cm. Base 10.2.
London 1737.
Maker James Gould.
Sterling silver.
18th century

Marks. Each stick is stamped underneath with a full set of clear English silver hallmarks, the top of the sticks have the lion mark, and the removable sconces are unmarked.


These fine candlesticks are in very good condition. Both completely matching and original. Excellent patina. The hand engraved armorials show signs of wear.

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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