Jan & John Maggs

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A brass Queen Anne candlestick with twist-up ejection mechanism

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At first glance, a traditional Queen Anne candlestick with shell base and seamed stem. The ornate stem is formed of rings of varying diameters in a pleasing pattern, and the stem is firmly peened into the base.

 Closer examination reveals a round ejector disk inside the candle socket. Beneath that and hidden from view is an ejector mechanism that raises or lowers the candle by twisting the base of the stick. This “twist-up” mechanism was first identified in Paris in 1730 and appeared in London a few decades later, in a form for which Christopher Pinchbeck II was granted a patent in 1768. The Pinchbeck firm is also credited with a very desirable alloy of copper and zinc that was commonly used in the production of jewelry. The mechanism is in working order, as demonstrated in this video.

See Koldeweij, The English candlestick, Cat 121

Height: 8-1/8”; Diameter of base: 4-5/8”

English, 1745 – 70

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Inventory #26022

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