Pair of Antique Silver Telescopic Candlesticks
Pair of Antique Silver Telescopic Candlesticks

Pair of George III Antique Silver Rare Telescopic Candlesticks made in 1798


An attractive and rare pair of antique silver George III telescopic candlesticks. The sconces and square bases have a reeded edge and the height can be adjusted.

Date 1798
Made By Leader Brothers
Location Sheffield
Stock Number W46x38
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Maker: Leader Brothers

An attractive and rare pair of antique silver George III telescopic candlesticks. The sconces and square bases have a reeded edge and the height can be adjusted.

18th century telescopic silver candlesticks are rare and these are particularly early examples, with the first patents for telescopic candlesticks being taken out in 1796.

They are both in superb condition.

Dimensions: height (when closed) 16.4 cm, height (when opened and raised) 20 cm, bases 9 x 9 cm

Signed/inscribed: 1798

Leader Brothers

Tudor & Leader was founded in 1761 by Henry Tudor of Sheffield and Thomas Leader of Broxted in Essex. John Sherburn, a silversmith from Sheffield, joined as a third partner in 1763. After Sherburn’s death in 1773, Tudor & Leader drew up a new partnership agreement to continue the business together.

Tudor & Leader was renowned for producing designs of the highest quality in Old Sheffield Plate. The firm occupied premises on Sycamore Hill (now Tudor Street). In 1777, Leader leased the house at the end of Surrey Street. This building is now the administrative office of Museums Sheffield.

Samuel Nicholson became a partner in 1783 and the firm changed their name to “Tudor, Leader’s & Nicholson”.

Thomas Leader’s brother, Daniel, joined the firm as a partner in 1785. At this time, the business was valued at £18,000 and described as “the Trade or Business of a Silver and Silver-plated manufacturer and in diverse other Goods, wares and merchandise”.

After the elder partners had retired, Daniel Leader and Thomas Leader Jnr continued the business until 1816.

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