An extremely rare early English candlestick from the reign of Charles II. It has a triple pillar column and square stepped base, all with a silver gilt finish. The base is engraved with two contemporary armorials and the motto “Manus Iusta Mardus” for the Maynard family*. Weight 638 grams, 20.5 troy ounces. Height 23.3cm. base 18.3cm square. Stamped underneath in three corners for London 1663. Maker possibly Thomas Hughes* (courtesy of Dr David Mitchell’s “Silversmiths in Elizabethan and Stuart London”).
Biography – Thomas Hughes, London silversmith, apprenticed to plateworker Christopher Shaw 1655, free 1662. Shaw ran a substantial workshop, having 6 apprentices between 1663-1672 and by 1670 he seems to have become a large sub-contractor to Edward Backwell, making a significant part of the large 3,270 oz dining service supplied to Prince Rupert. Hughes died c.1677.
Signed – The motto “Manus Iusta Mardus” for the Maynard family translates as “A just hand is a precious ointment” The Coat of Arms granted to the Maynard family is a silver shield with a red chevron between three red sinister hands, the Crest is of a stag crowned, between plumage feathers. The name Maynard originates in France and made its way into England around the time of William the Conqueror’s Norman Conquest of England in 1066 AD. Such companions of William often received grants of land for their service, land that previously belonged to the Anglo-Saxon aristocracy. More details available on the COADB.com website – https://coadb.com/surnames/maynard-arms.html