JAMES TUFTS' c.1898 fairy lily pad racing ornate candle sticks are very ornate and the fairies appear so realistic on their antique lily pad leaf chariots, they will have you BELIEVING they are racing. The expressions on their faces as they handle what would have had to have been the reins of the chariots is intense... we can so easily be drawn into their race. These are much like other manufactures figurals from the same time period (1870's to 1880's) for similar mythological racers / figures (ie: referring to Reed and Barton's Butterfly drawn chariot-Cherub racers' on their glass and silver compotes as some of the most well known); but here with Tufts, it appears to have being left to the hostesses of the day to supply the 'power' team(?) that pulled the chariots... OH my, what a fun idea; across the mantel or down the center of your table ... Tiny Reindeer or White doves... just a couple my thoughts, of course, what might yours be? On the bottom of the candlestick it is signed, J.W. Tufts, below his name, Boston, and below that, 3503.
Each candlesticks measures 5 3/8 inches tall, 3 1/4 inches wide across their leaf bases, in his seated position each fairy measures 1 1/2 inches upright, the finger loop hole is just shy of an inch, with its inside diameter is 15/16 of an inch. The dished wax, drip catch, measures 1 5/8 inches in diameter and the opening for a candle is 7/8 inch with depth of the well or hole for the candle at 1 1/2 inches. Photo number 5, shows this as item ( Silver Candlestick, 3503 ) in the lower right hand corner of page 48 of the "Catalogue Supplement 1898 Fine Tableware James W Tufts Boston", Thanks is given to the Smithsonian Libraries and Internet Archive for making this information available. A truly lavish decor find for your home, office or just about any posh setting you might need a conversation or accent piece.
James Walker Tufts (1835 – 1902) the designer and producer of this beautiful piece was a well known silversmith, who, if history bears truth opened his business in Boston in 1875. He also founded the Arctic Soda Fountain Co., that eventually merged with several other companies to form the American Soda Fountain Co. He had apprenticed at age of 16 to a drug store and rose to become a wealth business man, eventually after all the a fore mentioned accomplishments, he had the vision to build a "health resort for people of modest means" and with his own money purchased 500 acres initially and later 5500 acres more to build Pinehurst, NC (you know this city, of the famous resort and golf courses) from the ground up! Much more then a silversmith, I'd say. (M8381)
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