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George III silver chamberstick

£ 1,250

Silversmith
Place

London

Year

1834

A simple and elegant chamberstick with round base, campana capital and moulded rims. This piece has its original, hallmarked, conical snuffer and nozzle and each piece is engraved with the family crest of crossed arrows surmounted by a crown.

As the name suggests, a silver chamberstick was designed to be carried and was used for to light the way when moving around chambers or rooms at night. Chambersticks were typically kept near the entrance so they could be used by family or guests looking to retire for the night. In the morning, chambermaids collected the chambersticks, cleaned them, and returned them for use again.

Specific features of a silver chamberstick include a central candle socket that was shorter than a regular candlestick, fitted to a flat, circular base to collect any dripping wax, plus a side handle with thumbpiece. Many, like this example had a removable sconce - also for collecting wax - and a cone-shaped snuffer or extinguisher.

Height
85mm (3 1/4")
Diameter
140mm (5 1/2")
Weight
387g (12.44 troy ozs )
Condition
Excellent
Reference
5627
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