Extraordinary pair of antique 19th Century Brazilian solid silver tall candlesticks raised on ball and claw feet. They are decorated with bands of guilloche and pierced bobeches. Two worn hallmarks are visible on the upper surface of one of the sides of the four sided base and include a number 10 in a square shape as well as hard to read silversmith's initials in a lozenge / diamond shape. We have seen similar items made by Jose Ferreira Guimarães of Rio de Janeiro circa 1870. The number 10 in a square shape means "10 dinheiros" and guarantees a fineness of ten parts out of twelve [or 833/1000] silver. These are sturdy pieces made out of thick silver which explains how well they've held up over time. They come with a removable fitted weight (see photos) that appears to be from the time of manufacture. In very good used condition with minor imperfections as shown. Shipped fully insured with tracking number.
Measurements: 11 11/16" (29.7 cm) tall by 4 1/2" wide at base (11.5 cm) approximately. Weight: pair weighs about 35 ounces (1 Kg.) approximately (with bottom weight removed).
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