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Silver taperstick

PLT0724
Decorative art

Object connections:

Collection Decorative art, Plate
ExhibitionsNelson, Navy, Nation
Gallery locationNelson, Navy, Nation Gallery (Floor plans)

Object details:

Object ID PLT0724
Description Cast silver taperstick modelled as a sailor in contemporary seaman's costume of 1761. The sailor wears the typical wide trousers, a long unbuttoned jacket with clearly modelled back flaps, a frilled shirt, neckerchief, tricorn hat and buckled shoes. The right arm is raised and supports a leaf decorated candle socket. The figure stands on a rocaille and floral domed base. The figure would have probably originally been part of a pair depicting a sailor and his lass. Such a pair by Samuel Siervent, dated 1762, is known. The Cafe family of silversmiths specialised in making candlesticks.
Date made 1761-1762

Artist/Maker Cafe, William
Place made London
Credit National Maritime Museum, Greenwich, London
Materials silver
Measurements Overall: 150 x 82 mm
Parts
  • Silver taperstick (PLT0724)
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