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Antique Silver Taperstick

Date: 1839

Maker: Thomas Edwards, London

Country: England

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An excellent quality Victorian sterling silver taper stick with pretty cast and pierced decoration. Cast silver. Detachable nozzle. Weight 155 grams, 4.9 troy ounces. Height 11 cms. Base 8 cm. London 1839. Maker Thomas Edwards.

 Literature: Tapersticks, averaging about 5 inches high, are miniature table candlesticks used to hold a wax taper. Tapersticks were not used for lighting but melted sticks of wax for sealing letters or gave a flame for tobacco pipes or 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.

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