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Antique Silver George III Snuffer and Tray made in 1811


An Antique Silver George III silver snuffer/wick trimmer and tray which has a gadroon border.

Date 1811
Made By John Roberts & Co, Wilkes Booth
Location London
Stock Number W41x45
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Maker: John Roberts & Co, Wilkes Booth

An Antique Silver  George III silver snuffer/wick trimmer and tray which has a gadroon border.

The tray is made in Sheffield by John Roberts and Co and the snuffers are made by the specialist makers Wilkes and John Booth of London.

Both pieces bear the initials ‘W’ and are in good condition.

A fine set and on a historical note John Booths grandson John Wilkes Booth was the man who assassinated Abraham Lincoln.Due to the collapse in the snuffer trade owing to the invention of candles who’s wicks didn’t need trimming,the Booth family emigrated to the United States.

Dimensions, length of Tray 22 cm, width 9.7 cm, Snuffers , length 17.7 cm.

Weight, 9.4 troy oz.

John Roberts & Co

John Roberts, a Sheffield silversmith. Roberts worked in several partnerships prior to entering a mark in his own name. John Parsons & Co registered their mark on 3 July 1793 – the partners were John Parsons, William Ashforth, John Roberts, Samuel Mosley and John Green. This firm only manufactured candlesticks.

John Parsons left after 5 months, and the remaining partners registered their mark in December 1793 as John Green & Co. Again, they only manufactured candlesticks. William Ashforth retired in 1805, so partners Roberts, Mosley and Settle registered the mark John Roberts & Co. The firm continued to manufacture candlesticks and wine coasters.

John Roberts died in 1807, and his son, John Winter Roberts, became partner until 1812. When he left, he continued to trade as John Roberts & Co and re-entered the mark in 1813 with partners Thomas Clayton and John Amory. The partnership was dissolved by 1820.

Wilkes Booth

No record of apprenticeship or freedom.

First mark entered as snuffermaker, 11th October 1787. Address: 8 Albermarle Street. Second mark, 8th July 1805. Third mark, in partnership with John Booth (potentially his son), 28th June 1810, same address.

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