Tapersticks are miniature candlesticks, believed to have been primarily for the melting of sealing wax.
Inscription: On underside of each base: SR
Marking:  Me (maker's mark for Thomas Merry);  Britannia (English quality mark for sterling);  Lion's head erased (English quality mark for sterling);  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)