Beautiful and stylish high-quality pair of antique Elkington and Co silver heavy gauge plated candlesticks made in the George III style with square ribbed tapering columns, annulated knops and raised stepped square petaled and weighted bases.
Marks: One corner of each of the bases is stamped with the Elkington & Co trademark of a shield with a crowned E & Co, individually stamped Gothic letters E M, for Elkington Mason and co, and the date code letter P in a square standing on its corner. This date code relates to the year 1854 and all of the marks are in a line in the form of hallmarks.
Each candlestick having a lift out sconce or nozzle and have a number stamped on the base of the socket 2756. The central petal on one side of each candlestick base has been engraved with a discreet crest of a top part of a lion holding a shield, which we believe to be that of the Ripley family. Ref 1. The heraldic description of the crest is a demi-lion rampant regardant, collared, supporting between the paws an escutcheon with chevron.
*A tremendous pair of antique Elkington and Co silver plated candlesticks in the George III style dating from the early Victorian period.
Height: (an impressive) 10.25” (26cm). Width: (at base) 4.5” (11.5cm). Depth: (at base) 4.5” (11.5cm).
Condition: Good condition with clear crisp hallmarks, no wear to silvering anywhere, possibly were re-silvered in the past or were never used. Baise underneath has been replaced, nicely done, see image.
Location: Dublin City, Ireland.
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Footnote: Heraldic references:
Fairbairn's book of crests of the families of Great Britain and Ireland, 1905.
The originators of silver-plating were George Richards Elkington and Henry Elkington who began their research in times of the Industrial Revolution. By the 1830's they had patented their processes and 1840 saw the technique of electro-plating brought to perfection.
John Culme, in his Directory of Gold and Silversmiths, said that "Elkington Electroplate was soon accepted with the result that the firm allowed a number of manufacturers to use the technique under licence. Among the earliest granted were those of Christofle & Cie of France".
The firm has a worldwide reputation for hand-crafted excellence. Today, the firm is busy making bowls, jugs, trays, candlesticks, ornaments and trophies for international sporting events as well as cutlery pieces.
Royal Endorsements & Warrants
For its excellence in artistic quality and fine design for which the company has received the highest possible awards at the Great International Exhibitions, Elkington & Co. has been awarded the Legion d'Honneur of the French Republic and has the distinction and honour of holding Royal Warrants to their late Majesties Queen Victoria, King Edward VII, Queen Alexandra, King George V, Queen Mary and King George VI, as well as the Duke of Windsor (formerly King Edward VIII) and H.R.H. the late Princess Christian and their late majesties the King of Spain and King of Italy.
In 1868, Queen Victoria permitted much of the royal plate to be copied by Elkingtons and after that a convention was entered into by "several Princes of the reigning families of Europe" whereby they agreed mutually to assist the company in allowing copies of their own national objects for the process of art.