George II Silver Candlesticks


Stock: 8646

Date: 1740

Maker: Thomas Gilpin

Country: England

A fine pair of antique sterling silver candlesticks with faceted columns and shaped bases. Heavy cast silver and good original...

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A fine pair of antique sterling silver candlesticks with faceted columns and shaped bases. Heavy cast silver and good original colour. The sconces are hand engraved to one side with an armorial within a decorative cartouche, the other side with a crest. Underneath there is a hand engraved inscription.

Weight 943 grams, 30.3 troy ounces.

Height 18 cms. Bases 11 cms square.

London 1740.

Maker Thomas Gilpin.

Few domestic 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 excellent candle holders are in very condition. The hand engraved crests are still quite crisp. Stamped underneath with a full set of clear English silver hallmarks. The sconces have the makers mark (one mark is rubbed). Please note that this item is not new and will show moderate signs of wear commensurate with age. Reflections in the photograph may detract from the true representation of this item.

Maker Information

Maker: Thomas Gilpin

Thomas Gilpin, apprenticed to John Wells 1720. First mark entered as smallworker 1730, 2nd mark as largeworker (and 3rd small mark) 1739. Gilpin is noted in Jackson’s as an extremely accomplished exponent of the rococo style. He is well represented by candlesticks and tureens at Althorp.

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