George III Silver Wax Jack

GBP 1,750.00

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Object Description

An exceptional antique sterling silver wax jack with a scissor action and pierced drip pan. Good early date. The tall column supports a coil of wax, the end of which is held in place in the centre of the drip pan. Weight including wax 239 grams, 7 troy ounces. Height 14.8cm. Spread across scissors 12.6cm. London 1771. Maker probably Suzanne Barker.

Object Literature

The Wax Jack was a container or frame holding a long coiled taper treated with wax (sometimes turpentine). The wax was lit to melt the sealing wax used to fasten letters and documents and usually a personal seal was pressed into the hot wax to leave a personal identification. After the wax hardened it was virtually impossible to open the letter without breaking the wax seal. The wax jack could also used as a portable light such as the chamber stick or go to bed.

Object Condition

The wax jack is in good condition with no damage or restoration. Full silver hallmarks are struck to the underside and a lion passant to the handle – all very clear. The spring action still works ok.
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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