Antique William III Style Silver Candlesticks


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Object Description

A pair of antique silver candlesticks in the style of the reign of William III. Britannia standard silver* 95.8 pure. These fine candlesticks stand on square canted corner bases with reed columns and multiple gadroon borders. Fixed circular candle sconces. To the front of the base there is a fish scale cartouche (uninscribed).

Weight 1033 grams, 33.2 troy ounces.
Height 21.5cm approx. Base 14.7cm.
London 1876.
Maker Charles Stuart Harris.

Biography – Charles Stuart Harris. This large manufacturing silversmiths, C.S. Harris & Sons Ltd, was started by John Mark Harris, spoon maker in 1817 and continued by John Robert Harris, probably J.M. Harris’s son from 1843 until 1852 as a silver spoon and fork manufacturer. In c.1852 the business passed to Charles Stuart Harris, electro spoon and fork maker and manufacturer of plated wares and silversmith. In 1885 he purchased the business of D.J. & C. Houle, manufacturing silversmiths. In 1897 the business became a limited company C.S. Harris and Sons Ltd and continued in business until 1933/34 when they were incorporated into I Freeman & Sons Ltd.

Object Literature

*Britannia Standard. In 1696, so extensive had become the melting and clipping of coinage that the silversmiths were forbidden to use the sterling standard for their wares, but had to use a new higher standard, 95.8 per cent. New hallmarks were ordered, “the figure of a woman commonly called Britannia” and the lion’s head erased (torn off at the neck) replacing the lion passant and the leopard’s head crowned. This continued until the old standard of 92.5 per cent was restored in 1720. Britannia standard silver still continues to be produced even today.

Object Condition

These decorative candlesticks are in very good condition with no damage or restoration. Good weight. Fully stamped underneath with clear and matching English silver hallmarks.
Please note that this item is not new and will show moderate signs of wear commensurate with age. Reflections in the photograph may detract from the true representation of this item.

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