Sterling Silver Taperstick and Vesta Box Compendium - Antique Victorian (1892)

GBP 1,495.00

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Object Description

An exceptional, fine and impressive antique Victorian English sterling silver taper candle holder and vesta box compendium; an addition of our ornamental silverware collection.

This exceptional antique Victorian sterling silver taperstick has been modelled in the form of an elderly female figure* holding a chamberstick.

The body of this silver taper candle holder is embellished with embossed decoration, replicating the details of the woman’s fabric night-clothes and anatomical features.

This impressive character is holding a plain circular chamberstick, which functions as a taperstick capital.

The figure is compartmentalised and fitted with a hinged hallmarked cover/head, comprising a vesta box.

This exceptional example of Victorian silverware is supported by a circular domed foot incorporating a textured band/match striker to the anterior surface and underside.

* This figure can be associated with the 19th century character Old Mother Hubbard. Whilst she does not appear with her dog, therefore this cannot be definitive, there is a wide range of antique silver items crafted through time to reflect this cherished nursery rhyme.

Length 6.2cm/2.4″
Diameter of base 5.3cm/2.1″
Height 10cm/3.9″

2.9 troy ounces/88.6g

Object History

Maker: Deakin & Francis Ltd
Date: 1892
Origin: Birmingham, England

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Object Condition

This antique silver taper candle holder and vesta box compendium is an exceptional gauge of silver, exceptional quality and in exceptional condition.
The piece has been professionally polished and is in presentation condition.
Full hallmarks struck to the surface of the base and part hallmarks to the cover/hat are all very clear.

Reflections in photographs may detract from the true representation of these pieces of Victorian silverware.

Object Details

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By appointment only.

Dealer Contact

+44 (0)191 240 2645
+44 (0)7836 286218

Dealer Location

35b St Georges Terrace
Tyne and Wear

Tel: +44 (0) 191 240 2645

Fax: +44 (0) 191 240 2647

VAT: GB 500 0310 42

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