8208
George III Silver Chamberstick

Date: 1783

Maker: Carter, Smith & Sharp

Country: England

Stock Number: 8208

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An elegant antique sterling silver chamber stick with plain classic styling, bead borders and plain C scroll handle with a thumb piece. To the front there is a hand engraved armorial. The candle nozzle is detachable and the snuffer has a little side handle. Weight 285 grams, 9.1 troy ounces. Height 8 cms. Diameter 13.75 cms. London 1783. Maker Carter, Smith & Sharp.

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 The earliest examples have straight handles (first flat, then tubular) which were superceded in the first part of the 18th century by a ring handle.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