The present candelabra are similar in design to that of a dessert service exhibited by Elkington at the 1862 International Exhibition in London. This extensive service, decorated in the "Pompeian" taste, was comprised of at least 13 pieces in parcel-gilt silver and enamel.
The service was designed by W. Albert Willms, who served as head of Elkington's design studio from 1855 until his death in 1899. Willms was awarded a medal for artistic merit at the 1862 Exhibition, and the Report of the Juries specifically referred to the dessert service, stating that "the effect is very beautiful" and "in excellent taste" (International Exhibition, 1862. Reports by the Juries on the Subjects in the Thirty-six Classes into which the Exhibition was Divided, London: William Clowes and Sons, 1863, Class XXXIII, 2, 4.). In the following decade, Willms designed a series of enamels in an attempt to capitalize on the taste for Asian cloisonné wares.
A silver centrepiece and pair of dessert-stands from the 1862 exhibition service were offered Christie's New York, 16 April 1999, lot 255.