Item Sold

Pair of George III Antique Silver Candlesticks made in 1774


A pair of beautiful and unusual antique silver George III cast candlesticks by a fine specialist candlestick maker.

Date 1774
Made By John Carter II
Location London
Stock Number W56x36

Out of stock

Maker: John Carter II

A pair of beautiful and unusual antique silver George III cast candlesticks by a fine specialist candlestick maker.

The candlesticks have square gadroon bases leading to elegant shaped fluted stems. The stems are capped at either end by chased leaf decoration.

The circular and detachable nozzles have a fine gadroon decoration which complements the decoration on the upper part of the candlesticks.

They both have a lovely and original family crest of a wolfhound to the wells.

The candlesticks are in excellent condition and of substantial weight. They are hallmarked clearly and fully on both bases and correctly part marked on the upper sconces and detachable nozzles.

Dimensions: height 26.5 cm; weight 46 troy oz.

John Carter II

Son of John Carter of Birmingham, ironmonger, apprenticed to Robert Cooke 4 May 1732. Turned over to John Allen Glover, 31 March 1735, of whom the freedom is unrecorded. His first mark appears around 1766/7.

Although his first mark in the register is 21 September 1776 (address: Bartholomew Close), there is evidence that he was supplying candlesticks to the firm of Parker and Wakelin as early as 1769 (Wakelin, “Workmen’s Ledger”, Garrard MSS, Victoria and Albert Museum). Second mark, 30 October 1776, this entry annotated “Lef Trade Jan 20 1777”. The first mark of Richard Carter and Robert Makepiece was entered the same day at the same address.

Heal records him as goldsmith, London 1768-9, and at Westmoreland Buildings 1770, and he appears in the Parliamentary Report List at Bartholomew Close in 1773, as a manufacturer of large plate. There is almost certainly a relationship between him and Richard and Thomas Carter (q.v.) – both of whom, at some time, were in the Westmoreland Buildings.

From the survival of his mark, Carter appears to have specialised almost exclusively on candlesticks and salvers. His mark is found on candlesticks of his own manufacture, and he seems to have also retailed candlesticks made in Sheffield, which he overstruck with his mark and those of the London assay office.

Delivery Details

We provide worldwide postage/shipping and everything is fully tracked and insured. Purchases will be sent via Royal Mail Special Delivery, FedEx, Parcel Force, A-Z couriers; other delivery providers may be used in extenuating circumstances. We deliver to the address provided at the time of purchase but not to PO addresses, as a signature is required upon delivery.

Some countries levy import duties and local taxes. Payment of these is the purchaser’s responsibility and beyond the control of William Walter Antiques Ltd. When the container has reached the destination country, a customs representative will contact you for payment prior to delivery.

Import restrictions are applicable to some destinations, especially the import of products containing materials such as ivory and tortoiseshell. We cannot accept orders requiring shipment to any countries which implement such controls.

All items are checked and photographed prior to packaging, and we aim to dispatch 1-3 days after receiving cleared payment.

Delivery Charges:
For the UK £15.00
For Europe £30.00
For the rest of World £50.00
The charges are subject to change

About William Walter Antiques

At the heart of William Walter Antiques is our dedication to providing our customers with beautiful silver of supreme quality, which celebrates all that is precious about sterling silver. Customer service also being paramount, our long-standing, devoted staff team go above and beyond the call of duty for all our clients. We believe it is this combination of passion and commitment that has kept our customers with us for many years.

How to buy

We accept credit/debit cards or bank transfer. Please submit an enquiry below or contact us on:

Phone Number
+44 (0) 207 242 3248

[email protected]

Visit us at the London Silver Vaults
William Walter Antiques,
London Silver Vaults,
53-64 Chancery Lane,
London, WC2A 1QS

Opening Hours
Mon – Fri: 10:00 – 17:00
Sat: 09:00 – 12.30

Would you like something similar?

Create an alert for a similar product

    I consent to receive future marketing