A Matched Pair of Early Eighteenth Century Antique Silver Candlesticks made in 1714 /1737
A very good matched pair of early eighteenth century candlesticks which are in a very desirable panelled octagonal style.
One is made in 1714 by Joseph Bird of London and the other in 1737 by John Eckfourd II of London.
They were presented in 1842 as a gift from the fellows and graduates of Brasenose College Oxford to Ashurst Turner Gilbert on his retirement from college duties and in that year he became Bishop of Chichester. Please see details in the pictures.
They are in good condition.
Dimensions, height 19 cm
Weight, 26 troy oz.
John Eckford II, London silversmith, apprenticed to John Fawdery 1712, turned over to John Eckfourd 1712, and turned over again to Philip Rollos 1714. Free 1723. Two marks entered as largeworker (sterling and new standard) 1725. 3rd mark entered 1739.
His son Joseph apprenticed to Henry Brind 1746, and another John to John Swift 1753.
Joseph Bird (active before 1685, died 1735), London silversmith, free of the Brewers Company sometime prior to 1685. Largeworker. He entered 2 undated marks circa 1697 at the address in Foster Lane where he continued to work throughout his career. 3rd mark no date or address attributed. 4th (sterling) 1724. Some of his marks incorporate a little bird .
Joseph Bird was a specialist candlestick maker who passed down his skills to his apprentice David Green and through Green to James Gould who in turn was master to John Cafe. A worthy line of distinguished candlestick makers.
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