The cast knopped baluster column and spool-shaped nozzle above a
shaped square stepped foot;
mark I:C beneath a rosette within a trefoil (Grimwade #1228,
Condition : Excellent and without repairs; marks verso, makers
rubbed on left
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 being about 10 cm high and
is 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)
John Cafe was a specialist maker of candlesticks of fine quality
4 .25” High / 4.4 oz.
(Images are oversize for inspection)