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Pair of tapersticks

Maker:
Thomas Merry I (active 1701–ca. 1724)
Date:
1710–11
Culture:
British, London
Medium:
Silver
Dimensions:
Height (each): 4 1/2 in. (11.4 cm)
Classification:
Metalwork-Silver
Credit Line:
Gift of Irwin Untermyer, 1968
Accession Number:
68.141.44, .45
Not on view
Tapersticks are miniature candlesticks, believed to have been primarily for the melting of sealing wax.
Inscription: On underside of each base: SR

Marking: [1] Me (maker's mark for Thomas Merry);
[2] Britannia (English quality mark for sterling);
[3] Lion's head erased (English quality mark for sterling);
[4] Gothic P (London date letter for 1710–11).

Location of marks:
On underside of bases.
Sir George Holford ; Arthur M. Nowak (until 1934; sale, American Art Association, March 17, 1934, no. 51); Irwin Untermyer (until 1968; to MMA)
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