A rare set of antique silver candlesticks in the style of the reign of William III. Britannia standard silver*. 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 hand engraved coat of arms within a fish scale cartouche. Weight 1568 grams, 50.4 troy ounces. Height 20 cms approx. Base 14.5 cms. London 1875. Maker Charles Stuart Harris.
Biography – C.S. Harris & Sons Ltd was started by John Mark Harris, a spoon maker, in 1817 and was continued by John Robert Harris, a silver spoon and fork manufacturer, who moved c.1842 from City Road to 29 Kirby Street, Hatton Garden. The business passed c.1852 to Charles Stuart Harris, listed from 1854 at 29 Kirby Street, where the firm started to manufacture silver and electroplated wares. In 1885 C.S.H expanded the business, purchasing D.J. & C. Houle, manufacturing silversmiths at 24 Red Lion Street, Clerkenwell and opening additional manufacturing premises c.1892 at 41 and 42 Hatton Garden EC. In 1897 the business was converted into the limited liability company C.S. Harris and Sons, Ltd. described as, ‘manufacturing gold and silversmiths, manufacturers of and dealers in gold and silver plate, wire and lace, dealers in gold and silver, diamonds and other precious metals and stones, electroplaters, silverers and jewellers, etc,’. The directors were Henry Stuart Harris, Walter Stuart Harris, Edwin Stuart Harris, Alfred Stuart Harris, and Frederick Stuart Harris. C.S. Harris & Sons Ltd continued in business until 1933/34, latterly giving up all their premises except those at 41 & 42 Hatton Garden. They were subsequently incorporated into I Freeman & Sons Ltd. manufacturing silversmiths and dealers in antique silver and plated wares of 23 Hatton Garden, EC.