This exceptional antique Victorian sterling silver taperstick/taper candlestick has a tapering cut-cornered triangular form with a shaped column.
The cylindrical capital of this antique 19th century silver taperstick is encircled with applied moulded girdles and surmounts a plain circular drip pan.
The exceptional cast sterling silver column has been modelled in the form of a wyvern in a broad stance.
The column is ornamented with details replicating the wyvern's scales and anatomical features, including a spiralling tail and extended wings.
This impressive figural column surmounts a plateaued base ornamented with a matte texture to the upper surface.
This 19th century silver taperstick does not have a weighted base.
* A wyvern (otherwise known as a wivern) is a legendary dragon that has two legs. This creature is popular within European literature, mythology and folklore, in addition to heraldry.