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Britannia Standard Silver Candlesticks - Antique William III

An exceptional, fine and impressive pair of antique William III English Britannia silver candlesticks; part of our early 18th century silverware collection

SKU: A6139

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These exceptional antique William III English Britannia silver candlesticks have a cylindrical form onto a spreading square cut cornered base.

The circular capitals have fixed sconces encircled with embossed convex fluted decoration.

The lower portion of the impressive Corinthian columns are encompassed with a spreading knop ornamented with embossed fluted decoration in a swirl design.

Each swept base is embellished with further decoration identical to that of the knop.

The base of each candlestick is not weighted and bears the contemporary engraved initials 'AC' to the underside, in addition to the scratch weight.

Such original period candlesticks often do not stand the test of time and are becoming increasingly difficult to locate in this condition.

* Britannia Silver - The Britannia silver standard of 958 (95.84% of fine silver), denoted by the icon of the seated Britannia holding an oval shield, was introduced by William III in 1697. This was to indicate the slightly higher standard of silver from sterling silver standard of 925 (92.5% of fine silver).

Date: 1701


These antique silver candlesticks are an exceptional gauge of silver for their type, exceptional quality and in exceptional original condition.

Full Britannia silver hallmarks struck to the underside of each base are very clear.

Reflections in photographs may detract from the true representation of these examples of early 18th century silverware.


Diameter of sconce 5.2cm/2"

Diameter of capital 2.5cm/1"

Diameter of foot 12cm/4.7"

Height 17.6cm/6.9"

Total Weight

15.6 troy ounces/486g

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Andrew Campbell started trading in antiques during the 1970s. Initially, Andrew lived in the South of England, travelling the country, searching for items of silver to buy. Andrew sold these items at various London markets and antique fairs. Over time, and through selling at a range of venues, Andrew built up a large and diverse customer base from private buyers to national and international trade customers.
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