Friday, 6 September 2013

Friday.


Answer to yesterday's Mystery object. I think Crowbard said that if I'd put up a photo of the underside of the candlesticks he might get nearer, and how right he was. Had Pat transposed the last two figures of her suggested date of 1890 she'd have been spot on. As it was, Nea got the nearest date with 1817 - well done Daughter.  These candlesticks were made to commemorate the fiftieth year of the reign of King George the third. They are very rare. These are only the second pair I've ever had through my hands. An exactly similar pair is illustrated in Roderick Butler's book on marked domestic base metalware. In fact this pair and his appear to have come from the same moulds.

6 comments:

Crowbard said...

Well done Pooh, that was an excellent and expert estimation. Thanks for the nether view Mike, (made about 10:30 ante meridian), also very informative about the social expectations of the period. A very subfusc celebration of the occasion, stamping it where it would only be seen when cleaning the sticks; also a pleasant reminder that the tails of our odd numerals used to hang below the writing line in Farmer George's day.

Crowbard said...

PS Mike,
My calculation of the time of day when they were made may be even more accurate than the date which I suggested

Rog said...

Fantastic stuff Mike! You should really be fronting an Anglia TV series.

Mike and Ann said...

Dear Crowbard and Rog. Thank you, gentlemen.

Mike and Ann said...

P.s. Crowbard- many thanks, the sloes arrived this morning.

Nea said...

Thanks Crowbard, tho' I'm a bit disappointed about them not having daggers in their butts;)