8917
Queen Anne Silver Candlesticks

Date: 1703

Maker: Richard Syng

Country: England

Stock Number: 8917

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A rare pair of early antique silver candlesticks dating from the reign of Queen Anne. Britannia standard silver*. Excellent size and gauge of silver. 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 hand engraved coat of arms with a decorative cartouche. Weight 873 grams, 28 troy ounces. Height 24 cms. Base 13.3x13.3 cms. London 1703. Maker Richard Syng, London.

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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