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Maker(s):Morse, Nathaniel
Culture:American (c.1688-1748)
Title:candlestick
Date Made:ca. 1720
Type:Lighting Device
Materials:silver
Place Made:United States; Massachusetts; Boston
Measurements:overall: 7 1/4 in; 18.415 cm
Accession Number:  HD 66.454

Description:
Silver candlestick with a faceted scoket between two octagonal collars; over an octagonal inverted baluster stem between two stepped octagonal knops; over an octagonal base with faceted sides. The candlestick is marked "NMors" in a rectangle on top of the base for Nathaniel Morse (c.1688-1748) and engraved with a tudor rose on one side of the base. According to Janine E. Skerry, Curator of Metals, Colonial Williamsburg, it is generally assumed that American cast candlesticks were literal copies of their English cousins (i.e., an English stick would be used to make the mold for casting). English faceted-base candlesticks were made in large quantities in both silver and in brass. This candlestick is similar to a pair of HD candlesticks (HD 62.043A/B) presented to Tutor Henry Flint, which were made by John Coney (1656-1722) in 1716. Colonial Williamsburg owns a similar pair of silver sticks by Edward Winslow (accession # 1962-263, 1-2), which the former Curator of Metals, John Davis, speculated might have been made from the mold used to make the Coney sticks.

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