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  • Place of origin:

    London (made)

  • Date:

    1751-1752 (made)

  • Artist/Maker:

    Cafe, John (maker)

  • Materials and Techniques:

    Silver, soldered and chased

  • Museum number:


  • Gallery location:

    Silver, Room 65, The Whiteley Galleries, case 11, shelf 3 []

Before the 1780s candles made of tallow (animal fat), beeswax and spermaceti (sperm whale oil) were the chief source of artificial light. Even in the 19th century, with competition from oil lamps, gas and electricity, candles and candlesticks remained essential items used throughout the home and moved from room to room as light was required

Physical description

Candlestick, silver, (one of set of four), baluster stem on a shaped hexagonal base, decorated with shells and fluting. The shaped hexagonal nozzle (detachable) is decorated with six shells.

Place of Origin

London (made)


1751-1752 (made)


Cafe, John (maker)

Materials and Techniques

Silver, soldered and chased

Marks and inscriptions

London hallmarks for 1751-2

Mark of John Cafe

Scratched on the base: W / GI


Height: 8.5 in, Diameter: 5.25 in

Object history note

Bequest - ?
Acquisition RF: 66 / 3787

Descriptive line

Silver, London hallmarks for 1751-2, mark of John Cafe

Subjects depicted

Fluting; Shells


Lighting; Metalwork


Metalwork Collection

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