7904
George III Silver Chamber Candlestick

Date: 1795

Maker: John Green & Co.

Country: England

Stock Number: 7904

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An elegant antique sterling silver chamber stick with plain classic styling and reed borders. The chamberstick pan has a hand engraved crest of a dove to the front. The candle snuffer and nozzle are detachable. Weight 228 grams, 7.3 troy ounces. Height 10 cms. Diameter 13.5 cms. London 1795. Maker John Green & 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 The earliest examples have straight handles (first flat, then tubular) which were superceded in the first part of the 18th century by a ring handle.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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