PAIR OF SILVER NEOCLASSICAL TAPERSTICKS
c1770, Sheffield, England, or possibly Continental
Of seamed construction, each square base with 4 oval medallions, one vacant, suspended from beribboned swags,
between upper and lower beaded borders surmounted by columnar standards terminating in Corinthian capitals
with removable bobeches; the interiors pitch-filled and versos with removable 2-part wooden covers;
(the silver unmarked, but examined and tested as silver, with no base metal appearing below);
each nozzle interior marked with a bird in flight (unable to trace this mark); shown below
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)
the bobeches are rather light, thus with a few dings and bends
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Showing the seams to the shafts and bobeches
Showing two removable blocks verso
Mark within nozzle : bird or fowl in flight (untraced)
Shown Above :
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Pair of 18th Century Silver Neoclassical Tapersticks