Pair of George III Silver Chamber Sticks

Date: 1805

Maker: William Simons

Country: England

Stock Number: 7718

An excellent lot. An elegant pair of antique sterling silver chambersticks with plain classic styling and gadroon borders. To the front of the chamber stick is a large hand engraved armorial. The matching candle snuffer and nozzle are detachable and have double crests. Weight 776 grams, 24.9 troy ounces. Height 9.5 cms. Diameter 14 cms. London 1805. Maker WS, probably William Simons.

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 The earliest examples have straight handles (first flat, then tubular) which were superceded in the first part of the 18th century by a ring handle.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