Antique George I Silver Taperstick
Antique George I Silver Taperstick
Antique George I Silver Taperstick
Antique George I Silver Taperstick
Antique George I Silver Taperstick
Antique George I Silver Taperstick
Antique George I Silver Taperstick

Antique George I Silver Taperstick

1721 London

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A delightful little antique silver taper stick of plain early design with baluster stem and raised octagonal foot. Cast silver. Britannia standard silver*. Weight 143 grams, 4.5 troy ounces. Height 11.8 cms. Base diameter 7.3 cms. London 1721. Maker probably Mathew Cooper.
This lovely taperstick is in very good condition with no damage or restoration. Excellent patina. Please note that this item is not new and will show moderate signs of wear commensurate with age. Reflections in the photograph may detract from the true representation of this item.
Tapersticks, averaging about 5 inches high are miniature table candlesticks used to hold a wax taper. They are rarer than candlesticks and very few exist prior to the Queen Anne period. They usually appear in singles and pairs of tapersticks command a premium price.

*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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