Antique Silver Chamberstick

Date: 1844

Maker: Robert Garrard

Country: England


An elegant antique sterling silver go to bed with plain classic styling. The matching candle snuffer and nozzle are detachable. Hand engraved to the top of the thumb piece is a crest and motto. Weight 346 grams, 11.1 troy ounces. Height 11 cm (top of snuffer). Diameter 14.3 cm. London 1844. Maker Robert Garrard.

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 The earliest examples have straight handles (first flat, then tubular) which were superceded in the first part of the 18th century by a ring handle.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