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George II Silver Snuffer Tray

Date: 1750

Maker: John Café

Country: England

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A good quality antique sterling silver snuffer stand of serpentine form and a flying scroll handle. Good plain design and heavy gauge silver with applied shell borders. To the centre is a hand engraved armorial. Weight 313 grams, 10 troy ounces. Length 20.5cm. Width 10.2cm. Height 5.3cm. London 1750. Maker John Cafe.

Literature. Snuffer trays are usually rectangular or oval shaped and can sometimes be raised on feet or have a carrying handle. Some early stands, called standing snuffers, are shaped like a candlestick with a side carrying handle and a hole at the top where the point of the snuffer scissors is inserted – these were very quickly superceded by the flat snuffer tray and scissors. It is rare now to find matching snuffers and base. Snuffers and trays were usually made by different specialists so even though the dates match, the makers will probably be different.

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