Snuffer Tray

English (London)
Marked by John Cafe (first mark entered 1740, died about 1757)

Object Place: Europe, London, England


H. 6.1 cm x W. 20.9 cm x D. 10.7 cm (2 3/8 x 8 1/4 x 4 3/16 in.); Weight: 328.9 gm (10 oz 11 dwt)

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Each candlestick has a fluted hexafoil base with a scallop shell on each corner. From a circle at the center of the base the baluster stem rises to a flattened knop and a flaring, fluted mid section. The nozzle is urn-shaped. The waxpan is hexagonal, with scallop shells at each corner. The bases are cast in a single piece. The stems are hollow-cast in two pieces and seamed vertically. 58.377 has been repaired on the midsection of the stem, possible contemporary with manufacture. The snuffers are of scissors form, with silver handles and steel blades. The cast silver handles have flattened oval rings for grips and scrolled arms riveted to the steel blade just above the point of crossing. One part of the blade has a curved pan with a deep rim, and the other arm has a flat blade fitted to the pan. The snuffers are raised on three small feet. The bow-shaped tray rests on four trefoil feet and has a complex molded border cast with shells at intervals. A cast double-scroll handle is located at the center of one side. One of the legs has been repaired.


ARMORIALS: engraved on nozzle of each candlestick, on each waxpan and on the handle of the snuffer tray, the crest of Cary for Samuel Cary (1731-1769), of Charlestown, Massachusetts.
INSCRIPTIONS: engraved around the base of each candlestick and on the tray: "The Gift of Zachy. Bourrijan& / Hungerford Spooner / Esqrs. to Captn. Saml. Cary 1726".


On underside of the tray, maker's mark IC (Grimwade 1228); lion passant; leopard's head crowned; date letter r


Probably Samuel Cary, by descent to Richard Cary Curtis, Brookline, Ma., Gift of Mrs. Richard Cary Curtis to the MFA. (Accession Date: April 10, 1958)

Credit Line

Gift of Mrs. Richard Cary Curtis