9347
Antique William III Style Silver Candlesticks

Date: 1876

Maker: Charles Stuart Harris, London

Country: England

Stock Number: 9347

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A pair of antique silver candlesticks in the style of the reign of William III. Britannia standard silver* 95.8 pure. These fine candlesticks stand on square canted corner bases with reed columns and multiple gadroon borders. Fixed circular candle sconces. To the front of the base there is a fish scale cartouche (uninscribed). Weight 1033 grams, 33.2 troy ounces. Height 21.5cm approx. Base 14.7cm. London 1876. Maker Charles Stuart Harris.

Literature: *Britannia Standard. In 1696, so extensive had become the melting and clipping of coinage that the silversmiths were forbidden to use the sterling standard for their wares, but had to use a new higher standard, 95.8 per cent. New hallmarks were ordered, "the figure of a woman commonly called Britannia" and the lion's head erased (torn off at the neck) replacing the lion passant and the leopard's head crowned. This continued until the old standard of 92.5 per cent was restored in 1720. Britannia standard silver still continues to be produced even today.

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