Antique Silver Chamberstick

Date: 1850

Maker: Walter Morisse

Country: England

Stock Number: 9115

A good antique sterling silver chamber stick with matching candle snuffer and candle nozzle. Good weight and plain style. The chamberstick pan and nozzle have matching engraved crests. Total weight 421 grams, 13.5 troy ounces. Height 9 cm (to top of snuffer). Diameter of base 15 cms. London 1850. Maker Walter Morisse.

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 The earliest examples have straight handles (first flat, then tubular) which were superceded in the first part of the 18th century by a ring handle.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