An excellent quality antique sterling silver wax jack of circular form with a scissor action. Good plain style and reed borders. The tall column supports a coil of wax, the end of which is held in place in the centre of the drip pan. The small conical snuffer is attached to the top by a long silver chain. Weight 267 grams, 8.5 troy ounces. Height 16.5 cms to top of snuffer. Spread across scissors 11.5 cms. Diameter of base 10.5 cms. Sheffield 1798. Makers mark illegible.
This antique wax jack is in very good condition with no damage or restoration. Fully functional and the scissor action works well. Good colour. Full English silver hallmarks are struck to the underside of the base, the top has the lion mark on both pieces. The snuffer is unmarked. There is an illegible mark on the base which is probably the makers mark.
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.
The Wax Jack was a container or frame holding a long coiled taper treated with wax (sometimes turpentine). The wax was lit to melt the sealing wax used to fasten letters and documents and usually a personal seal was pressed into the hot wax to leave a personal identification. After the wax hardened it was virtually impossible to open the letter without breaking the wax seal. The wax jack could also used as a portable light such as the chamber stick or go to bed.