We are offering an Art Nouveau signed pewter Kayserzinn candlestick, or chamberstick, designated with the inventory number 4018 and made in Germany. (In Germany this time period was also part of the Jugendstil era.) The candlestick measures 11 1/4 inches long, by 5 ½ inches wide, with a maximum height at the handle of 3 1/4 inches. It is decorated with a dandelion motif cast into the surface that includes a flower, leaves, a seed head and some loose seeds floating across the piece. On the back it is signed with the logo "Kayserzinn 4018" cast inside a raised oval. There are some other numbers outside of the oval which we are unable to decipher. Research indicates that this piece was probably produced by Kayserzinn somewhere between 1897 and 1911. Considering its age, it is in very good condition. As is true of all pewter this piece has developed the typical mouse gray oxidation along with some random spots of heavier oxidation. There are also small scratches and dings which would be expected from a metal that is as soft as pewter. We have seen several other pieces similar to this one that are for sale on the internet. Those pieces usually suffer from heavy damage as a result of being dropped which causes quite a bit of bending to the rims. That has not happened to this piece. There are several very minor areas of waviness to the rim that can only be seen if you look hard for them. Also, some of the pieces for sale on the internet have been cleaned and polished so that they carry a bright and shiny surface. Most pewter experts discourage polishing and prefer the gray oxidation that develops with age which this piece has. We will let the new owner determine which modifications, if any, should be done and make a decision about possibly cleaning the piece (which we would strongly discourage).
You can buy with confidence from Sweetpea Cottage. We stand behind everything that we sell. If you wish to return your purchase for any reason, simply notify us by email of your intentions within 3 days of receiving the item. We then ask that you return it to us in its original condition in a timely fashion. At that time we will refund the full purchase price minus any shipping charges.