A delightful pair of little antique silver taper sticks with the plain early design of baluster stem over a spreading hexagonal foot with diamond cutting. Cast silver. Britannia standard silver*. With a monogram over the date 1714 hand engraved to the base. Traces of the original gilding. Total weight 184 grams, 8.7 troy ounces. Height 12 cms. Base diameter 7 cms. Marked underneath the base with clear English silver hallmarks for London 1714. Maker Thomas Merry I.
Biography – Thomas Merry I, apprenticed to Henry Grant in 1693, turned over to John Laughton, a specialist candlestick maker in 1695, free 1701. Mark entered in 1701 as smallworker. Married 1699.