George III Taperstick
Maker: William Cafe
An unusual antique cast silver taperstick of square based form. This little stick is lovely - superb condition and very...
An unusual antique cast silver taperstick of square based form. This little stick is lovely – superb condition and very attractive detail with deep gadroon borders.
Weight 169 grams, 5.4 troy ounces.
Maker William Cafe.
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.
In very good condition
Maker: William Cafe
William Café, apprenticed to his brother John Café 1742, turned himself over to Simon Jouet 1746. Free 1757. Livery 1758. Mark entered as largeworker 1757, probably on the death of his brother John. Both William and John were known for their cast candlesticks. Known apprentices were Thomas Neale in 1777 and William’s son Thomas in 1784. William died circa 1802-1811.
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