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Antique Silver Chamberstick

Date: 1833

Maker: Edward Barton

Country: England

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A plain styled antique sterling silver chamber stick with matching candle snuffer and candle nozzle. Attractive shaped borders. Initial “E” engraved to all 3 pieces.

Total weight 414 grams, 13.3 troy ounces.

Height 9 cm, 12 cm to top of snuffer.

Diameter of base 15 cms.

London 1833.

Maker Edward Barton. 

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 The earliest examples have straight handles (first flat, then tubular) which were superceded in the first part of the 18th century by a ring handle.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