A rare set of antique silver candlesticks in the style of the reign of William III. Britannia standard 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 within a fish scale cartouche. Weight 1568 grams, 50.4 troy ounces. Height 20 cms approx. Base 14.5 cms. London 1875. Maker Charles Stuart Harris.
These decorative candlesticks are in very good condition with no damage or restoration. Good weight and fine patina. Fully stamped underneath with clear and matching English silver hallmarks. The arms are crisp.
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.
*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.