Antique Silver Chamberstick

Date: 1809

Maker: Richard Morton, Sheffield

Country: England

Stock Number: 8469

A handsome antique sterling silver chamber stick with gadroon borders and removable candle snuffer and sconce. Good plain style. Each piece with a hand engraved monogram in old fashioned script. Weight 339 grams, 10.9 troy ounces. Height 10 cms. Diameter 14.5 cms. All matching. Sheffield 1809. Maker Richard Morton & Co.

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 The earliest examples have straight handles (first flat, then tubular) which were superceded in the first part of the 18th century by a ring handle.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