Georgian Silver Chamberstick

Date: 1828

Maker: Creswick & Co., Sheffield

Stock Number: 9316

A plain styled antique sterling silver chamber stick with matching candle snuffer and candle nozzle. Attractive shaped borders. Total weight 305 grams, 9.8 troy ounces. Height 9.5 cm. Diameter of base 14.5 cms. Sheffield 1828. Maker Creswick & Co.

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 The earliest examples have straight handles (first flat, then tubular) which were superceded in the first part of the 18th century by a ring handle.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