Candle snuffer and tray

Candle snuffer and tray
Title
Candle snuffer and tray
Date 
snuffer: 1763/64; tray: 1751/52
Medium 
Silver
Dimensions 
Part (snuffer): 1 1/2 x 2 1/2 x 6 in. (3.8 x 6.4 x 15.2 cm) Part (tray): 2 1/4 x 8 x 3 3/8 in. (5.7 x 20.3 x 8.6 cm) S
Description 
Silver candle snuffer and tray with scissor-form snuffer with flat, shaped arms. Snuffer has one arm with a shaped pointed drop end and an applied pan with ogee sides and domed top. Opposite is short, scalloped arm fitted with a vertically applied conforming blade; arm also has chased decoration on the pointed end, top, and sides of pan; back of pan is engraved with foliate scrolls, shell motif, and crest of lion passant on fess; circular pivot at center of arms is chased geometric disk, and snuffer arm is also engraved with initials "HR" in Roman characters. Snuffer additionally has ovoid grips joined to the arms with cast scrolls and three cast pad feet applied to the outsides of the grips and pointed arm. Maker's hallmark and assay marks stamped at interior of snuffer blade and pan. Scalloped hour-glass shaped tray has applied scrolled rim with scallop and leaf motifs, and has shell and scroll engraving around the inside edge of the rim. Tray has similarly engraved crest of lion passant on fess at the center of obverse. Tray is supported on four cast scroll feet applied to the base and has additional cast, open scroll handle with an acanthus grip applied to the side. Tray has four relief maker's and assay hallmarks at underside. Tray also engraved with initials "HR" in Roman characters, and at underside has scratch/weight "7 18".
Credit Line 
Gift of G. Livingston Bayard
Object Number 
1964.46ab
Marks 
Engraved on the base of the tray are initials "HR" in Roman letters Stamped: on the base of the tray are hallmarks: crowned leopard's head in conforming surround, "q" in shield surround; "I * M" in serrated shield surround, and lion passant in conforming surround. Stamped at inside of snuffer blade and pan are obscured hallmarks: lion passant in rectangular surround; "I:B" in square surround; crowned leopard's head in a shield surround, and date/letter "h" in gothic characters.
Due to ongoing research, information about this object is subject to change.
Creative: Tronvig Group