A delightful little antique sterling silver taper stick of plain early design with baluster stem and square octagonal foot with a sunken well. Cast silver. Weight 116 grams, 3.7 troy ounces. Height 11 cms. Base diameter 6.7 cms. London 1729. Maker John Eckford II.
Biography – John Eckford I, London silversmith, apprenticed to tobacconist John Whitfield 1682, also entered in the Goldsmith’s apprentice register as bound to Anthony Nelme (scored out). Free 1698. Mark entered as largeworker 1698. 2nd (sterling) mark 1720. Appears to have worked as both tobacconist and silversmith, his mark is often found on tobacco boxes of the period. Buried 1730. Also known as Eckfourd.
John Eckford II, London silversmith, apprenticed to John Fawdery 1712, turned over to John Eckfourd 1712, and turned over again to Philip Rollos 1714. Free 1723. Two marks entered as largeworker (sterling and new standard) 1725. 3rd mark entered 1739.
His son Joseph apprenticed to Henry Brind 1746, and another John to John Swift 1753.