George III Silver Chamberstick

Date: 1787

Maker: John Willis

Country: England

Stock Number: 8157

An elegant antique sterling silver chamber stick with plain classic styling and unusual double bead borders. Uninscribed. The candle nozzle and snuffer are detachable. The stem has an aperture at the base which would have originally held a pair of scissor type snuffers. Weight 265 grams, 8.5 troy ounces. Height 10.25 cms. Diameter 14 cms. London 1787. Maker probably John Willis.

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 The earliest examples have straight handles (first flat, then tubular) which were superceded in the first part of the 18th century by a ring handle.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 from the late 17th century onwards some were made with an aperture at the base of the stem to take a pair of scissor snuffers.

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