George III Silver Candle Snuffers

Date: 1798

Maker: Abstinando King, London

Country: England

Stock Number: 7770

An elegant pair of antique sterling silver candle wick trimmers with a sprung scissor action. Lovely plain design. The scissor box (with a guillotine action) contains the English silver hallmarks for London 1798. Maker Abstinando King.

Literature: The candle snuffer was a dual purpose scissor like tool which could extinguish the candle flame and also cut the wick of the candle for reuse. There were few snuffers made prior to 1700 and by the early nineteenth century more refined candles were introduced which no longer required the wick to be cut.

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