Antique creamware candlestick with impressed Wedgwood factory mark and letter codes for March, 1899 (see all Photos). As such, this example is about 115 years old. The Wedgwood factory produced plates, teacups, bowls and entire dinner and tea services in this same leafy grapevine relief applique pattern throughout most of the 1900s and often added the label Queensware to their other factory marks. The origin of this specific creamware grapevine pattern dates back to the 1800s. Josiah Wedgwood, however first perfected creamware in the early 1760s by using Cornwall clay to create a stronger and lighter clay body with an even creamy yellow hue. Wedgwood adapted the name Queensware for his creamware after producing a creamware breakfast service for Queen Charlotte in 1762.
The quality of this candlestick is excellent and typical of the better Wedgwood wares produced in the last century. The clay has an even cream color hue and the glaze has no crazing and is applied evenly. The shape of this creamware candlestick mimics sand cast brass candlesticks with cannon barrel-shapes and turned banding dating from the 1760s to about 1820, but that were most fashionable between 1780 and 1800. The molded grape vine relief with leafy tendrils, however is not a detail present on antique brass cannon-shape candlesticks and is only found on pottery and stoneware examples like the one listed here. An example of a sand cast cannon-shaped candlestick from about 1790 was resulted sold from my Ruby lane shop and can be found under the title ‘ 1790 hollow cast & turned brass Candlestick with side ejector’ (RL691.a1604A&B) if the reader wishes to view the listing.
The precise manufacture date for this candlestick can be gleaned from several subtle clues. The Wedgwood name in this particular font and impressed on the underside of the base was changed by the Wedgwood factory after 1929 for some wares. The impressed ‘Made in England’ was added to some Wedgwood wares beginning in 1898 and commonly added to wares after 1910 (Geoffrey A. Godden’s ‘Encyclopedia of British Pottery and Porcelain Marks’ published in 1964 by Bonanza Books, New York 1964: see pp 659, entry #4093). Finally, many Wedgwood wares produced after 1859 have impressed year and month codes using letters or number depending on the period of manufacture. Th candlestick listed for sale here has an ‘R’ and a ‘B’ impressed near the Wedgwood name (see last Photo). Starting in 1907, numbers were impressed to help indicate the year that a Wedgwood item was produced. Between 1864 and 1907, an impressed upper case R was used to indicate March whereas an upper case B was only used once after 1874 to designate a particular year. It was only used to designate the year 1899 (ibid, pp 658). Typically, there would also be a third impressed letter that was a workman’s code and all three letters were placed together as a group.
This is a nice Wedgwood Queensware candlestick with applied sprig-molded grapevine decoration that is in excellent condition. And so if you enjoy creamware or collect Wedgwood wares, then make sure you seriously consider this candlestick while it is still available. And as always, this candlestick also comes with my Docs Antiques 100% satisfaction guarantee or you may return it using my return policy for a refund (see full Return Policy details farther below).
SIZE and CONDITION: This Wedgwood candlestick stands about 8 inches tall and rests on a base that has a diameter of about 4 3/8 inches across. The rim of the top of the candle cup has a diameter of 2 3/8 inches across and the inside of the candle cup will hold a candle with a diameter of 1 inch. Although this candlestick is old and used, it is in excellent condition with no defects and no chips, hairlines, stains, major scratches, repairs or restoration. The inside of the candlecup shaft measures 1 inch across and still retains wax in it from past use (see all Photos). Finally, this candlestick is a perfect size for displaying on a shelf, mantle. Table or counter and will certainly capture interest and conversation in most any setting. Of course, if the buyer is not 100% satisfied, then she/he may return this item for a refund (see our refund policy noted below).
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