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William IV Antique Silver Chamberstick

Date: 1837

Maker: Robert Hennell I

Country: England

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A plain styled antique sterling silver chamberstick of octafoil form with matching candle snuffer and candle nozzle. Hand engraved with the matching lion crest.

Total weight 287 grams, 9.2 troy ounces.
Height 6cm. Diameter of base 15cm.
London 1837.
Maker Robert Hennell I.
Sterling silver

Marks. All 3 pieces are stamped with a full set of English silver hallmarks. All are engraved with matching lion crest.

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 The earliest examples have straight handles (first flat, then tubular) which were superseded in the first part of the 18th century by a ring handle.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