Pair of Miniature Silver Candlesticks, 1709

Queen Anne pair silver miniature candlesticks London 1709
Queen Anne pair silver miniature candlesticks London 1709 DSCN8598 v2 DSCN8599 DSCN8601 DSCN8603 v2 DSCN8600


Candlesticks (pair) - Miniature - London 1709 - 5.8cm high; 4.4cm wide base; 30g combined weight - GR/3717

These are a very rare pair of miniature or toy silver candlesticks dating from the Queen Anne period.

They take the typical form of full-scale late 17th/early 18th century candlesticks made from silver sheet (as opposed to cast for later examples) with fluted, circular columns on stepped, octagonal bases. Both candlesticks are hallmarked for the purer Britannia standard silver the use of which was compulsory at the time. The hallmark are located to the underside and comprise Britannia, lion's head erased and date letter for 1709. The maker's mark in both cases is not legible.

Due to their fragility, miniature silver candlesticks rarely survive and those that have are often damaged/repaired. Indeed one of these has had two solder repairs to the edge of its base, although these are not obvious and are shown in the final photograph.