Pair of Early George III Sterling Silver Candlesticks
Sold for $1,750
hallmarked London, 1761-1762, by William Cafe, each in the form of a Corinthian column, above a domed square base decorated with rococo ovolo and fluted banding, surmounted by a detachable square bobeche, engraved on the bobeche and base with the crest of Freshfield of Moor Place, Betchfield, Surrey.
h. 12-3/4", w. 5-1/8"; weighted
One candlestick has a compression dent at one corner, with a small 1/8" split, but this has knocked the baize underside out (now lacking) and exposed the pitch filling, and causing slight curvature to the adjoining basal edges. One bobeche has has about 3/8" cut from the bottom of the nozzle, leaving it open. Otherwise no condition issues noted beyond the expected wear consistent with age. All parts original. Each piece fully hallmarked on the basal edges with: 1) the sterling lion passant; 2) the crowned London leopard's head; 3) the date letter "F" for 1761-1762; and 4) the "WC" maker's mark of William Cafe. The bobeches part-marked on the sleeve with the maker's mark and lion passant. Marks on the base worn but legible; marks on the bobeches rubbed.