A Fine Pair of William III Royal Cast Candlesticks

John Laughton
7" (17.8cm) high

Upon square bases with cut corners and with a wide fluted band. The sunken centres with a narrow raised and reeded band of circular shape and the baluster colums with three fluted knops. The spool-shaped sconces partly fluted below a further narrow reeded band and the tops with fluted borders.

The bases engraved with a crest of a stag's head erased


Princess Victoria Alexandra Alice Mary Windsor

Christies, July 6th,1966, Lot 106, Illustrated Pl. 6, The Property of The Princess Royal, Sold for £1750 to Nicholls

Conrad Nicholls M.B.E (dealer) 1967

N. & I Franklin  2005, Illustrated in their catalogue for that year, page 25

Alastair Dickenson Ltd, 2006.

Private European Collection

S.J Shrubsole 2015, illustrated in their catalogue page 8

William Lipton


Illustrated: Connoisseur Magazine July 1967, An advertisement by Conrad Nicholls M.B.E, 29-31 Regent Street

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Princess Victoria Alexandra Alice Mary Windsor was the only daughter of George V and Queen Mary and sister to Edward VIII and George VI. She was the 6th holder of the title "Princess Royal" which was bestowed upon her in 1932. She was born on 25th April, 1897 and known as Princess Mary of York. In 1922 she married Henry Lascelles, 6th Earl of Harewood and in doing so became The Countess Harewood. Elizabeth Bowes-Lyon, later The Queen Mother, was a bridesmaid at her wedding.

Princess Victoria was an ardent supporter of The Girl Guides becoming Honorary President in 1920. She also was Commander in Chief of the British Red Cross. Despite the abdication of her brother Edward VIII she remained in contact with him throughout her life. She died of a heart attack whilst out walking in the Harewood estate.

This form of candlestick became popular during the last decade of the 17th century and the maker, John Laughton, seems to have been a specialist candlestick maker.

The identity of the crest has not been traced largely due to the fact it is one of the most common crests in British heraldry.