Antique George II Silver Chamberstick

Date: 1750

Maker: William Homer

Country: England

Stock Number: 9345

A rare early antique sterling silver chamber stick "go to bed" with a shaped shell and scroll border and standing on 3 hoof feet. Lovely plain classic styling. Good quality and weight. The matching candle snuffer and nozzle are detachable. There is a hand engraved crest of a bird to all 3 pieces. Weight 383 grams, 12.3 troy ounces. Height 11.5 cms. Diameter 14.7 cms. Spread across handle 18 cms. London 1750. Maker William Homer.

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 The earliest examples have straight handles (first flat, then tubular) which were superceded in the first part of the 18th century by a ring handle.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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