Pair of Antique Silver Chambersticks

Date: 1832

Maker: Henry Wilkinson & Co, Sheffield

Country: England

Stock Number: 5987

A good pair of antique sterling silver chamber sticks with matching candle snuffers and candle sconces. Very pretty shaped borders and unusual hexagonal central candlestick column. Engraved crest of a griffin to both bases and one snuffer. Weight 464 grams, 14.9 troy ounces. Height 9.25 cms (top of snuffer), 6.5 cms (top of sconce). Diameter of base 14 cms. Sheffield 1832. Maker Henry Wilkinson.

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 The earliest examples have straight handles (first flat, then tubular) which were superceded in the first part of the 18th century by a ring handle.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