An elegant antique sterling silver chamber stick with plain classic styling, bead borders and plain C scroll handle with a thumb piece. To the front there is a hand engraved armorial. The candle nozzle is detachable and the snuffer has a little side handle. Weight 285 grams, 9.1 troy ounces. Height 8 cms. Diameter 13.75 cms. London 1783. Maker Carter, Smith & Sharp.
This attractive silver chamber candlestick is in very good condition with no damage or restoration. There is a slight loss of definition to the engraved crests. All pieces have similar decoration and fit well together.The nozzle and snuffer lack full silver hallmarks and makers marks.
Pan. Fully marked with clear English silver marks on the base of the pan. Engraved coat of arms.
Nozzle. Lion passant mark only and engraved crest.
Snuffer. Lion passant 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 The earliest examples have straight handles (first flat, then tubular) which were superceded in the first part of the 18th century by a ring handle.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.