A superb pair of early English cast candlesticks of very rare hexagonal form. Britannia standard silver*. Lovely plain style and very desirable shape. Excellent colour. Good gauge silver. Also stamped on the edge of the capitals. Weight 718 grams, 23 troy ounces. Height 18.5 cms. Base 11.85 cms. London 1717 and 1718. Maker Joseph Bird.
These lovely candle holders are in excellent condition with no damage or restoration. Sometimes this style can become flat through use on the edges but this pair still retain a good definition and sharpness. The silver marks are clear and easy to read. 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 silver. 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 pure. 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.