Antique William III Style Silver Candlesticks


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Object Description

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.

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 and fine patina. Fully stamped underneath with clear and matching English silver hallmarks. The arms are crisp.

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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