This unusual pair of Italian sterling silver candlesticks are from the 19th century in the Papal States.
We know this because of the addition of the Maker’s Mark of cross keys & tiara, the symbol of the papacy:
Beginning in 1814 fine metal artists in the Papal States used this particular maker’s mark. Napoleon Bonaparte had released Pius VII from custody after nearly four years. Jubilation was so great in Rome upon his release that the artists started putting this maker’s mark of cross keys and tiara on their works in honor of the Holy Father’s safety. That practice continued until 1870 when the Papal States were taken over by United Italy.
The pair measures 10 3/8″ high, and the base diameter is 4 5/8″ across.
They are uniquely adorned, one with an image of a youthful male face; the other, an aged one.