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George II Silver Candlesticks

Date: 1744

Maker: George Wickes

Country: England

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An excellent pair of antique silver candle holders of impressive size and heavy cast weight. Plain design with knopped columns and shaped bases. Good original colour. The nozzles are original and rare for this early date. There is a matching crest engraved to each base and nozzle.

Total weight 1601 grams, 51.4 troy ounces.

Height 26cm. Base 13cm.

London 1744.

Maker George Wickes.

Sterling silver. 

Marks. Stamped underneath in the four corners with a full set of English silver hallmarks, the maker’s mark is in on the extreme edge, the sconces have the lion and maker’s mark. The sticks would have originally been part of a larger set and are marked number 1 and 4. The nozzles are marked number 1 and 2.

Literature. Few domestic silver candlesticks still exist before the reign of Charles II and 17th century examples are usually made from sheet silver and are light in weight. Cast candlesticks started to appear circa 1685 and are much heavier in weight. The first loaded candlesticks appeared circa 1765 and are made of sheet silver, and not cast.

Although many early candlesticks had fixed nozzles the first cast candlesticks were made without these useful drip pans. During the period c.1735-50 candlesticks with detachable nozzles appeared which facilitated much easier cleaning.

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