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  • Place of origin:

    London (made)

  • Date:

    1791-1792 (made)

  • Artist/Maker:

    Chawner, Henry (maker)

  • Materials and Techniques:

    Cast and engraved silver

  • Credit Line:

    Bequeathed by Arthur Hurst

  • Museum number:


  • Gallery location:

    In Storage

A taperstick is a type of utensil similar to and usually in the style of various types of candlestick but smaller being about 10 cm high and is used to hold a taper (a thin candle). They usually exist singly and not as one of a pair since one is usually sufficient for the intended use. The socket is sometimes lined with paper in order to hold securely the tall thin taper. The taper, (made of wax and non odorous) was used mainly for melting sealing wax and for lighting candles, tobacco pipes etc., and not as a source of illumination; hence the piece was sometimes called a ‘tobacco candlestick’.

Physical description

Hand taperstick with extinguisher, round pan with reeded border, open scroll handle with slot for extinguisher, vase shaped socket with nozzle.

Place of Origin

London (made)


1791-1792 (made)


Chawner, Henry (maker)

Materials and Techniques

Cast and engraved silver

Marks and inscriptions

Mark of Henry Chawner

London hallmarks for 1791-2

Engraved crest (unidentified), a demi-lion holding a pheon.


Height: 3 in, Width: 5 in

Object history note

Bequest - Arthur Hurst
Acquisition RF: 40 / 434

Descriptive line

Taperstick, silver, London hallmarks for 1791-2, mark of Henry Chawner




Casting; Engraving (incising)


Lighting; Metalwork


Metalwork Collection

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