George III Silver Chamberstick by Paul Storr

Date: 1815

Maker: Paul Storr

Country: England

Stock Number: 9197

A rare antique sterling silver chamber stick with the excellent quality you'd expect from this world famous English silversmith. Plain classic Georgian style with broad shell and gadroon borders. Good gauge silver. Total weight 490 grams, 15.7 troy ounces. Height 10 cms. Diameter 17.5 cms. The chamberstick, nozzle and candle snuffer are all marked London 1815. Maker Paul Storr.

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 The earliest examples have straight handles (first flat, then tubular) which were superceded in the first part of the 18th century by a ring handle.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