Very good quality early 18th century brass candlestick with the high-domed, faceted, octagonal base which is so characteristic of French candlesticks of that period. It is made in two parts —the handmade threads joining the shaft to the base are easily seen in the photos. It stands 8¾ inches tall. It has a great patina on the underside. We have other detailed photographs that can be emailed on request.
Beautifully crafted barley twist or spiral bell metal candlestick, nice patina. Made in two pieces. Height is 7 inches. There is a small ½-inch pushed-in bruise on the sharp top edge of the base but this is barely noticeable. Early 19th century. Detailed photographs are available and can be emailed on request.
Louis XV bell metal candlestick with good patina. It is 4 ⅝ inches tall with the seam from the casting showing on the side of the socket. The base and shaft come apart and you can see that the threads are hand cut. Condition is good with few of the minor dings and scratches one would expect after almost three centuries of use. More photographs are available and can be emailed on request.
Fine late Victorian English brass postal scale with malachite base by the renowned firm of Sampson Mordan & Co. These are particularly handsome because of the malachite which sits atop a larger piece of black marble. Looks great on a desk. Mordan was known, among other things, for making micromosaics and other items from colorful marbles. Ordinary Mordan postal scales are fairly common but the marble inlay ones are scarce...
Very nice oval Dutch tobacco box of a form typical of the last part of the 17th century. Very well made with heavy gauge brass with engraved scenes on both sides of women drinking. There is a caption under each scene but I cannot translate from the Dutch. In researching it I found a very similar box in the collection of the Metropolitan Museum of Art in New York City which is discussed in an article on the museum's collection of tobacco boxes by Daniëlle O...
Good early 18th century octagonal base case candlestick of French origin. It is quite hefty (weight: one pound, seven ounces) and stands 8¼ inches tall. It has a strong knop which enhances its appearance; it is carefully finished with etched lines on the base and shaft. You might also note how nicely the maker has finished the underside of the base, even including etched lines there. There is an ejector hole to help remove the burnt down stubs...
Pair of cast square-based brass English candlesticks of classical style dating from the George III era, circa 1780. They make a nice presentation at their height of 10½ inches. The also retain their original bobeches whose gardrooned decoration happily echoes the gardrooning on the bases. These were cast in two parts; we have a photo of the top without the bobeche showing the seam lines at the corners...
Smart-looking heavy cast brass candlestick made about 1730 in Northwestern Europe, possibly in Denmark. Made in two pieces that come apart; you can see the hand-made threads. The parts fit very tightly. Overall quality is very high. Note how carefully it is finished with finely engraved lines on the base and the shaft...