Silver taperstick

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.

Object Details

ID: PLT0724
Collection: Decorative art
Type: Taperstick
Display location: Display - Nelson, Navy, Nation Gallery
Creator: Cafe, William
Date made: 1761; 1761-1762 1761-62
Exhibition: Nelson, Navy, Nation
Credit: National Maritime Museum, Greenwich, London
Measurements: Overall: 150 x 82 mm

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