FINE & unusual pair of George III silver candlesticks

Benjamin Smith II, London 1814



 Fine & Unusual Pair of George III Silver Candlesticks



With a most unusual nozzle, each on a circular foot with two stylised tongue and dart border below two rows of acanthus leaves,

waisted by and above rows of large beading,

the round tapering shaft rising from chased stamens to a row of upright reeding between reeded horizontal girdles,

the capital of flaring acanthus leaves with a beaded edge,

the inset candle cups with further zig-zap leaf edges arising from another row of large beading;

each crested :

for General Sir Townshend Walker, 1st Baronet of Castleton 

On a mural crown or encircled by a wreath of laurel thereon an ostrich proper

resting the dexter foot on a shell exploding proper*

*(This crest was augmented by the addition of the laurel wreath and

the exploding shell to allude to the military achievements exploits of Sir George)


Condition : Excellent and without damage; marks to the left example very clear, very rubbed on the right example;

detailing on the right example more rubbed in the higher places of the base, as seen in the images

Note regarding Benjamin Smith II :


Benjamin Smith II has been referred to as being "of a difficult and probably irascible nature,

and this is borne out by the variations in his entry of marks with and without partners".

As early as age 26, Smith was associated with Matthew Boulton, and

in partnership from 1792 until 1802, at which time he registered a mark in Greenwich.

In Greenwich he worked alone and also with his sons, eventually moving to London.

His firm, together with that of Paul Storr, manufactured almost entirely for Rundell and Bridge -

likely the reason for the London relocation.

"The firm's most important production is proably he Jamaica service of 1803, in the Royal Collection.

The silver-gilt trays, baskets and wine-coasters with open vine borders

are among their most distinctive and accomplished achieverment."

- Grimwade, pp. 661-2

11” High




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Fine & Unusual Pair of George III Silver Candlesticks


Fine & Unusual Pair of George III Silver Candlesticks


Fine & Unusual Pair of George III Silver Candlesticks


Fine & Unusual Pair of George III Silver Candlesticks


Fine & Unusual Pair of George III Silver Candlesticks


Fine & Unusual Pair of George III Silver Candlesticks


Fine & Unusual Pair of George III Silver Candlesticks



Fine & Unusual Pair of George III Silver Candlesticks


Pencil Sketch of Sir George Townshend Walker from the diary of Helen Caldcleugh, his second wife


Sir George was commissioned as an ensign in the 95th Regiment of Foot in 1782.

He served in the Flanders Campaign and was then given command of the 50th Regiment of Foot in October 1799 and subsequently commanded his regiment at the Battle of Copenhagen in 1807 during the Napoleonic Wars.

He went on to command a brigade during the Walcheren Campaign in 1809

and again at the Siege of Badajoz in 1812 during the Peninsular War.  

Sir George became Commander-in-Chief of the Madras Army in 1825 before retiring from that post in 1831.

In 1837 he became Lieutenant-Governor of the Royal Hospital Chelsea until his death in 1842, and

served as Groom of the Chamber to HRH the Duke of Sussex (Augustus Frederick, 6th son of George III). 


He was appointed a Knight Commander of the Military Division of the Most Honourable Order of the Bath,

on the augmentation of the Order in 1815, and was promoted to the dignity of a Knight Grand Cross

on the 21st April 1817.

He also received permission from the King on the 18th May 1815, to receive the insignia of a

Knight Commander of the Tower and Sword of Portugal.


Sir George was further created a Baronet of the United Kingdom,

styled of ‘Castleton in the County of Monmouthshire’ on the 28th March 1835.



Heraldry Courtesy of John Tunesi of Liongam

Hertfordshire, United Kingdom






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Pair Fine & Unusual George III Silver Candlesticks, Benjamin Smith II, 1814, London