Pair of Antique Silver Chambersticks

Date: 1809

Maker: William Bennett

Country: England

Stock Number: 8267

A handsome pair of antique sterling silver chamber candlesticks of rectangular form and having straight gadroon borders. The candlestick column has an elegant vase shape. Uninscribed. Weight 832 grams, 26.7 troy ounces. Height 9 cms. Base 17.5 x 12.5 cms. London 1809. Maker William Bennett.

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 The earliest examples have straight handles (first flat, then tubular) which were superceded in the first part of the 18th century by a ring handle.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