8962 . Antique Silver Chamberstick - Sold


A good antique sterling silver chamber stick with matching candle snuffer and candle nozzle. Good plain style. The chamberstick base is engraved with a crest and motto “Apertum Me Legas” – “Open Then Read”. The snuffer has the matching crest. Total weight 309 grams, 9.9 troy ounces. Height 10.5 cms (to top of snuffer). Diameter of base 14.5 cms. Marked on all 3 pieces for Sheffield 1832. Maker Creswick & Co.

Biography - This family business was started in Sheffield by grandfather Richard Creswick, founder partner of Fenton, Creswick & Co (Matthew Fenton, Richard Creswick and William Watson), all active silversmiths and Sheffield platers and among the first to enter their mark at the Sheffield Assay Office in 1773. 


Thomas & James Creswick, son and father partnership, registered their first Sheffield plate mark in 1811, the trademark crosskeys logo. The firm later became Creswick & Co circa 1860.

Condition - This attractive chamberstick is in very good condition with no damage or restoration. Every piece is original and has a matching set of clear English silver hallmarks. The pan and snuffer have matching crests.

Please note that this item is not new and will show moderate signs of wear commensurate with age. Reflections in the photograph may detract from the true representation of this item.

Literature - Chambersticks first made an appearance in the 17th century and early examples are now very hard to find. Originally they were made in sets as a household would need many chambersticks. They were used for lighting the way to bed and because of the movement created when they were carried about they needed a large drip pan to catch the wax. The earliest examples have straight handles (first flat, then tubular) which were superceded in the first part of the 18th century by a ring handle. Gradually the design evolved and from the mid 18th century onwards they usually had a matching conical snuffer although from about 1790 onwards some were made with an aperture at the base of the stem to take a pair of scissor snuffers.

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