George III Silver Chamberstick

Date: 1791

Maker: Elizabeth Jones

Country: England


An elegant antique sterling silver chamber stick with plain classic styling, reed borders and plain scroll handle with a thumb piece. Oval form. The candle nozzle and snuffer are detachable. There is a family crest hand engraved to the pan (some wear).

Weight 303 grams, 9.7 troy ounces.

Height 11 cm. Pan measures 17 x 12.7 cm.

London 1791.

Maker Elizabeth Jones. 

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 The earliest examples have straight handles (first flat, then tubular) which were superceded in the first part of the 18th century by a ring handle.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