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  • Place of origin:

    Sheffield (made)

  • Date:

    1773-1774 (made)

  • Artist/Maker:

    Samuel Roberts & Co. (maker)

  • Materials and Techniques:

    Silver, stamped and engraved

  • Credit Line:

    Bequeathed by James Archibald Slater, Esq.

  • Museum number:


  • Gallery location:

    Silver, Room 65, The Whiteley Galleries, case 14, shelf 1 []

The eighteenth century approach to Gothic, exemplified by books like Batty Langley’s Gothic Architecture improved by rules and proportions (1747), was less than reverential. The stem of this candlestick resembles Langley’s Gothic columns, but the decoration on the base is neo-classical. The bases and stems for such candlesticks were often interchangeable.

Physical description

Candlestick, of a set of three (843A, B & C-1905), silver with the stem in the form of a clustered column. Square base decorated in relief with rams' heads, festoons and rosettes and with pearled borders above and below. The stem is banded at intervals and surmounted by a foliated capital forming the socket. The removable nozzle is of scalloped outline with pearled border.

Place of Origin

Sheffield (made)


1773-1774 (made)


Samuel Roberts & Co. (maker)

Materials and Techniques

Silver, stamped and engraved

Marks and inscriptions

Sheffield hallmarks for 1773-4

Mark of Samuel Roberts and Co.

Engraved with the initials: TME
On base and nozzle


Height: 32.5 cm, Width: 13 cm of base, Depth: 13 cm of base, Weight: 846.8 g, Weight: 37 g of nozzle

Descriptive line

Silver, Sheffield 1773-4, mark of Samuel Roberts.




Stamping; Engraving

Subjects depicted

Gothic (Medieval); Neo-classicism; Aegicranes; Columns


Lighting; Metalwork


Metalwork Collection

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