A truly beautiful and rare matched pair of cast silver-gilt Queen Anne/George I candlesticks. Each standing on a raised circular base with chased & embossed floral and shell decoration, rising to a knopped stem with an inverted tear-drop leading to a similarly decorated capital engraved with a crown over a 'B'.
The candlesticks are hallmarked for London one dated 1705 & the other 1717, both are marked with the lion's head erased, each capital is marked with a lion's head erased (partially erased). The maker's mark is for Matthew Cooper, a renowned maker if fine candlesticks. The later stick is also finely inscribed to the underneath 'The Gift of Sarah Cheslyn Finn to Clare Cheslyn Finn 1717'.
These rare candlesticks are beautifully designed & decorated and in such excellent condition. Of very thick gauge and with an exceptional patina.
Presumably a gift from mother to daughter upon marriage. A superb addition to any collection.