An elegant antique sterling silver go to bed with plain classic styling and bead borders. To the front of the chamber stick is a hand engraved crest. The matching candle snuffer and nozzle are detachable. Weight 317 grams, 9.9 troy ounces. Height 9 cms. Diameter 13 cms. London 1778. Maker John Crouch and Thos Hannam.
This attractive silver chamberstick is in very good condition with no damage or restoration. All three pieces are matching. The chamber stick pan and snuffer both have matching engraved crests which are still sharp. The chamber stick is fully stamped underneath with makers mark, lion passant and date letter. The snuffer and nozzle both have the makers mark and the lion passant.
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 The earliest examples have straight handles (first flat, then tubular) which were superceded in the first part of the 18th century by a ring handle.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.