Very Good Signed 18th Century Candlestick, North Europe
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. The underside of the base is also nicely finished, a sign of unusual care and pride on the part of the craftsman.
There is a maker's mark on the top of the base which appears to be DD. There is also some script engraving inside the top edge of the base but I have not been able to decipher it. You might have more success. There is an additional mark on the edge of the socket which you can see in the third photograph.
Height is 5½ inches.
We purchased this a decade or so ago from a very knowledgeable dealer in Europe who thought it was Danish.
Condition is very good with only a few minor marks from almost three centuries of use.
This is a real piece of history that has been providing light for a long, long time.