About the object
George II rare sterling silver sailor tapersticks.
Maker: Peter Werritzer. London 1756.
Each taperstick has a figure of a Sailor ('Jack Tar'} with raised arms, balancing the socket and drip pan on his head, standing on a small 'capstan' mounted on a conical base with gadrooned edge and chased with a fan of stylized acanthus leaves.
The figure wears a neckerchief and broad-brimmed boater-style hat and is dressed in a long jerkin with 2 lower front pockets, 5 large buttons and back flaps; narrow, ankle-length trousers and buckled, pointed-toe shoes.
The full set of hallmarks is clearly stamped on the base of each taperstick.
Tapersticks whose stems are in the form of a figure were mainly made over a 30 year period in the mid 18th Century. Although the most commonly known figure is that of a 'Harlequin', sailors were also very popular particularly after the British victories in the Seven Years' war.
Weight: 7 troy ounces pair (217.72 grams) the pair