An attractive antique silver taperstick with hexafoil shell base, rope borders and an intricately shaped stem. Cast silver. Good size and weight. Owner’s initials “W.M” engraved underneath.
Weight 180 grams, 5.8 troy ounces.
Height 13.3cm. Base diameter 8.7cm.
Maker John Cafe.
Marks. Stamped with a full set of English silver hallmarks underneath the base.
Maker: John Café
John Café, London silversmith, apprenticed to James Gould 1730, free 1740. 1st mark, largeworker, 1740. 2nd mark 1742. Took his brother William Cafe as apprentice 1742. Livery 1746. John died c.1757 and his apprentices Thomas Hannam and John Perry were turned over to William Cafe. Both William and John were known for their cast candlesticks.
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