Antique Silver Snuffer Tray

Date: 1848

Maker: Henry Wilkinson & Co

Country: England

Stock Number: 6962


An early Victorian sterling silver snuffer stand with shaped decorative border and hand engraved centre decoration and monogram.

Weight 201 grams, 6.4 troy ounces.

Length 23.5 cms. Width 9.75 cms.

Sheffield 1848.

Maker Henry Wilkinson.

Literature. Silver Candle Snuffers and Stands.

Two different types of candle douters were used to extinguish the flame of a candle. Snuffer trays are usually rectangular or oval shaped and can sometimes be raised on feet or have a carrying handle. Some early stands, called standing snuffers, are shaped like a candlestick with a side carrying handle and a hole at the top where the point of the snuffer scissors is inserted – these were very quickly superseded by the flat snuffer tray and scissors. It is rare now to find matching snuffers and base. Snuffers and trays were usually made by different specialists so even though the dates match, the makers will probably be different.

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