George III Silver Taper Stick


Stock: 8954

Date: 1763

Maker: Ebenezer Coker

Country: England

A rare antique cast sterling silver taperstick with shell base and detachable sconce. This little stick is lovely - superb...

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A rare antique cast sterling silver taperstick with shell base and detachable sconce. This little stick is lovely – superb condition and very pretty detail with a rope twist ornament to the top and column. There is a crest of cross arrows engraved to the top.

Weight 181 grams, 5.8 troy ounces.
Height 14 cms. Diameter of base 9 cms.
London 1763.
Maker Ebenezer Coker.

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 small silver candlestick is in very good condition with no damage or restoration. Good cast weight and crisp engraving. Stamped underneath with a full set of clear English silver hallmarks. 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: Ebenezer Coker

Ebenezer Coker, apprenticed to Joseph Smith 1728, free 1740. First mark entered 1738, 2nd mark 1739, 3rd mark 1745, 4th mark 1751, 5th mark circa 1758. Another mark was entered in partnership with Thomas Hannam 1759. Specialist candlestick and salver maker.

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