A delightful little antique silver taper stick of plain early design with baluster stem and raised square foot with canted corners. Weight 104 grams, 3.3 troy ounces. Literature - Tapersticks, averaging about 5 inches high are miniature table candlesticks used to hold a wax taper. They are rarer than candlesticks and very few exist prior to the Queen Anne period. They usually appear in singles and pairs of tapersticks command a premium price.In 1696, so extensive had become the melting and clipping of coinage that the silversmiths were forbidden to use the sterling standard for their wares, but had to use a new higher standard, 95.8 per cent. New hallmarks were ordered, the figure of a woman commonly called Britannia and the lions head erased (torn off at the neck) replacing the lion passant and the leopards head crowned. This continued until the old standard of 92.5 per cent was restored in 1720. Britannia standard silver still continues to be produced even today. The item "9497 Queen Anne Silver Taperstick" is in sale since Thursday, February 6, 2020. This item is in the category "Antiques\Silver\Solid Silver\Candlesticks/Candelabra". The seller is "waxantiques" and is located in London, England. This item can be shipped worldwide.