I have a candlestick holder / chamber stick. A couple of photos are attached.
I can read from the hallmarks that it is silver plate (needs a good clean) and is Mappin Brothers (circa 1851) with the makers name in the style MAP over PIN.
It has the Letter E hallmark and interestingly has 1779 1/2 or it could be a 1& 2 divided by a horizontal 1 ?
It looks as though it should be the year it was made - 1779, but having read online about the history of what is now Mappin and Webb, the sun trademark was first registered in 1812. I guess it is too early for plate too ?
Could anyone tell me the relevance of the 1779 and 1/2 ?
I can also faintly make out that above the hallmark that someone has lightly engraved or scratched in 8225 and below the hallmark, I can make out a ‘t’ and ‘G’ - although I cannot read the rest of it.
Thanks very much