Georgian Silver Chamberstick or Storm Lamp

Date: 1817

Maker: Rebecca Emes & Edward Barnard I

Country: England

Stock Number: 7930

An attractive antique sterling silver go to bed with plain classic styling and gadroon borders. Small size. To the front of the chamber stick is a hand engraved crest of a lamb. An unusual feature is the small gallery around the candle sconce which encloses a glass funnel. Lamps of this kind are called storm lamps and are intended for use outdoors or in front of a window, the glass chimney stops the candle flame from being extinguished by a draught. Weight of silver 110 grams, 3.5 troy ounces. Height 6 cms to top of candle sconce, 16 cms to top of funnel. Diameter 11 cms. Diameter of candle sconce 1.75 cms. London 1817. Maker Emes & Barnard.

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 The earliest examples have straight handles (first flat, then tubular) which were superceded in the first part of the 18th century by a ring handle.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