An elegant antique sterling silver chamber stick with plain classic styling and bead borders. To the front of the chamber stick is a hand engraved crest. The candle snuffer and nozzle are detachable. Weight 228 grams, 7.33 troy ounces. Height 10 cms. Diameter 13.5 cms. London 1773. Maker Crouch and Hannam.
This attractive silver go to bed is in very good condition with no damage or restoration. There is a little scratching to the top of the nozzle. The 3 pieces go well together and it is likely that they are original.
The chamberstick has a hand engraved crest which is still crisp and is fully marked on the base with clear silver stamps. The nozzle has no crest - the makers mark matches the chamberstick, the lion is clear however the leopards head is rubbed and unreadable. The snuffer has no crest and has the lion mark only.
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 The earliest examples have straight handles (first flat, then tubular) which were superceded in the first part of the 18th century by a ring handle.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.