A handsome antique sterling silver chamber stick with gadroon borders and removable candle snuffer and sconce. Good plain style. Each piece with a hand engraved monogram in old fashioned script. Weight 339 grams, 10.9 troy ounces. Height 10 cms. Diameter 14.5 cms. All matching. Sheffield 1809. Maker Richard Morton & Co.
This attractive chamberstick is in very good condition with no restoration. Every piece is original, fully marked with English silver hallmarks and matching. There is a small old solder repair to the candle snuffer (see photo).
Please note that this item is not new and will show moderate signs of wear commensurate with age. Reflections in the photograph may detract from the true representation of this item.
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 The earliest examples have straight handles (first flat, then tubular) which were superceded in the first part of the 18th century by a ring handle.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.