My expensive book has arrived.
Here (above) are three of the six candlesticks I have bought in the last few weeks, the far right one being the latest, which arrived (separately) with the book today.
A quick perusal seems to confirm my initial thoughts, that the middle (or part thereof) stick is 17th century (not sure which part of the 17th C. yet, but somewhere between 1650 and 1680 maybe), and the other two are about 1710 - 1720. It is my intention to have about 20 or 30 more within a year or so, then have a flipping great sale of them - having had a bright Christmas with several of them and beeswax candles.
It's a wonderful book and - like the candlesticks and Georgian glasses - goes well with the other books about the glasses which would have usually been used in the soft light spread by sticks like these.
I am going to get some taper sticks as soon as I can, to light my clay pipe and put a wax seal on the bottom of posts like these, so that you know it came from me and has been viewed by none other than you.