William III Silver Candlesticks

Date: 1699

Maker: Richard Syng

Country: England

Stock Number: 9170

A rare pair of early antique silver candlesticks dating from the reign of William III. Britannia standard silver*. Attractive size. These fine candlesticks stand on square canted corner bases with reed columns and multiple gadroon borders. Fixed circular candle sconces. Weight 464 grams, 14.9 troy ounces. Height 18 cms. Base 11.9x11.9 cms. London 1699. 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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