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Benjamin Laver A George III Candelabra Suite

Silver                                                                                                                      London, 1791, The branches by Hawkesworth Eyre & Co. London, 1905
Maker’s mark of William Laver
Height: 30 cm (43 cm with branches), 18.7 in
Weight: 4200g, 135.05oz


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Son of John Laver late of Somerton in the County of Somerset cordwainer deceased, apprenticed to Thomas Heming 4 October 1751. Free, 5 December 1764. His first mark was presumably entered in the missing largeworker's volume of 1758-73, although there seems no surviving examples of marks at this date which might be his. His son William was apprenticed to him, 7 December 1774, when Laver is described as large plateworker of New Bond Street, and Heal records him here from 1769-79, and St. George's, Hanover Square. His second son, Thomas, was apprenticed to him, 4 October 1780. What seems likely is that Laver may have been working in a similar relationship to and for Thomas Heming as the Crespells did for Parker and Wakelin. First (recorded) mark entered as plateworker, 20 December 1781. Address: Barlows Mews, Bruton Street, near Bond Street. Second mark, 8 September 1782. Third mark, 1 July 1789. Address: Bruton Street, Bond Street. Heal finally records him at 4 Bruton Street, Berkeley Square, 1783-1800. What little plate has survived bearing Laver's mark shows a good standard.


Cast candelabra and candlesticks. The base round with reeded border, half fluted decoration and acanthus leaves. The central stem with acanthus leaves on the lower part and faceted on the upper part and similar capitals. Detachable scroll branches. 

A George III Candelabra Suite Reference: 23316.2