George II Antique Silver Candlesticks


Stock: 9421

Date: 1752

Maker: James Gould

Country: England

An unusual pair of antique silver candle holders with a 6 shell base and detachable sconces. Very attractive design and...

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An unusual pair of antique silver candle holders with a 6 shell base and detachable sconces. Very attractive design and heavy cast silver. Hand engraved to each foot and nozzle is the crest of a winged animal over a crown (worn).

Weight 1072 grams, 34.4 troy ounces.
Height 22cm. Base 13.4cm.
London 1752.
Maker James Gould.
Sterling silver.

Marks. Both sticks are stamped underneath and have matching date and maker, the sconces have the lion mark, the nozzles are unmarked.

Literature: Cast candlesticks started to appear circa 1685, these are much heavier in weight and capable of withstanding greater wear. The first loaded candlesticks appeared circa 1765 and are made of sheet, and not cast.


The candlesticks are in very condition. The engravings 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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