George II Silver Snuffer Tray


Stock: 9557

Date: 1750

Maker: John Café

Country: England

A good quality antique sterling silver snuffer stand of serpentine form and a flying scroll handle. Good plain design and...

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A good quality antique sterling silver snuffer stand of serpentine form and a flying scroll handle. Good plain design and heavy gauge silver with applied shell borders. To the centre is a hand engraved armorial.

Weight 313 grams, 10 troy ounces.

Length 20.5cm. Width 10.2cm. Height 5.3cm.

London 1750.

Maker John Cafe.

Literature. Snuffer trays are usually rectangular or oval shaped and can sometimes be raised on feet or have a carrying handle. Some early stands, called standing snuffers, are shaped like a candlestick with a side carrying handle and a hole at the top where the point of the snuffer scissors is inserted – these were very quickly superseded by the flat snuffer tray and scissors. It is rare now to find matching snuffers and base. Snuffers and trays were usually made by different specialists so even though the dates match, the makers will probably be different.


Very good condition. Good colour. Fully stamped underneath with English silver hallmarks. The engraving still has good definition with a little wear. 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: John Café

John Café, London silversmith, apprenticed to James Gould 1730, free 1740. 1st mark, largeworker, 1740. 2nd mark 1742. Took his brother William Cafe as apprentice 1742. Livery 1746. John died c.1757 and his apprentices Thomas Hannam and John Perry were turned over to William Cafe. Both William and John were known for their cast candlesticks.

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