Dating silver candlestick
After the adoption of the sterling standard, pieces were marked with "STERLING", the number "925" or the notation "925/1000".
While American manufacturers did not apply assay marks, city marks or date marks, they did apply a maker's mark. The old hallmarks were as unique as today's logos, and disputes often arose when one company copied another's stamp.
These antique candlesticks, tapersticks and chambersticks make perfect gifts, and add an extravagant flourish to any space.
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In the early United States, no national assaying system was adopted, although the city of Baltimore did maintain its own assay office between 18.
Prior to the general adoption of sterling silver as the standard of purity in 1868, silver was generally obtained from the melting of coins.
At AC Silver we have an exquisite range of candlesticks, tapersticks and chambersticks in many styles and types.
We are proud to be able to offer our customers a wide selection of antique silver candlesticks dating from the reign of William III, the Georgian era, the Victorian and Edwardian eras, all the way up to Arts and Crafts, Art Deco and Art Nouveau periods.
For example, a Diana head within a frame made in the shape of a 5-petal flower represented 5x160 = 800 thousands fineness, a local silver standard commonly used in table forks and spoons.French silver made for export carries an assay mark in the shape of the head of Mercury, along with a number to indicate the millesimal fineness: "1" for .920, "2" for .840 and "3" for .750.French silver also is punched with the mark of the maker.Our collection of antique silver candlesticks features sets of four, pairs of two and also single candlesticks, to suit your needs and home décor.Whether you’re looking for candlesticks with subtle decoration for the modern home, or something with a little more decoration to suit a traditional style space, we have pieces from all over the world which are sure to be a wonderful addition to any household.