An exceptionally lovely example, of heavy gauge cast silver,
the baluster stem with shell and foliate shoulders issuing from a foliate base,
above a gadrooned angular knop, and raised on a flaring and shaped hexafoil stepped base
headed by what appears as the exterior of a descending blossom with alternating leaf and fleur de lis petal ends,
surrounded by further shells within a gadrooned rim border;
the spool-shaped nozzle with gadrooned borders and a detachable gadrooned bobeche
Tapersticks are much rarer than candlesticks and seldom seen prior to the Queen Anne period.
In use until the 1770’s when wax jacks became popular,
they are usually found as singles rather than in pairs.
“A taperstick is a type of utensil similar to and usually in the style of various types of candlestick
but smaller, and used to hold a taper (a thin candle).
They usually exist singly and not as one of a pair since one is usually sufficient for the intended use.
The socket is sometimes lined with paper in order to hold securely the tall thin taper.
The taper, (made of wax and non odorous) was used mainly for melting sealing wax
and for lighting candles, tobacco pipes etc., and not as a source of illumination;
hence the piece was sometimes called a ‘tobacco candlestick’”. (V&A)
Condition : Excellent, with good marks, of heavy gauge; good patination;
bobeche unmarked but with identical decoration; excellent design and quality