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Baluster Candlesticks

 

Baluster Candlestick ~ Blue-grey

The candlestick is 203mm high, 117mm diameter at the base, and the top ring is 61mm in diameter. Blue-grey coloured earthenware.

Baluster candlestick blue-grey top

Baluster candlestick blue-grey side

Baluster candlestick blue-grey base

Baluster candlestick blue-grey impressed mark

The impressed mark reads: "W. RIDGWAY SON & Co / HANLEY".

I have to admit to being a little worried about this one. The body colour is unusual, the impressed mark is not one I associate with candlesticks, there is no size mark, and it appears to be turned rather than moulded. Since I've not seen another William Ridgway candlestick this shape, I've nothing to compare it with. It may be perfectly ok, but, knowing there are fake, or reproduction, jugs about with a similar mark, I have to admit to a slight uneasiness. I have a moulded dessert plate with the same body and mark. A possible source is the later Bedford Works firm who are known to have copied earlier printed wares.

Photos © Angela Grant 2018

 

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