An elegant antique sterling silver chamber stick with plain classic styling and reed borders. Small size. The simple scroll handle and the silver chain attached to the snuffer are nice features. Uninscribed. The candle snuffer and nozzle are detachable. Weight 107 grams, 3.4 troy ounces. Height 6 cms. Diameter 10 cms. London 1800. Maker Peter, Anne and William Bateman.
This attractive silver go to bed is in very good condition with no damage or restoration. Excellent colour. The chamberstick, nozzle and snuffer are original - the silver marks and makers marks on all 3 pieces are completely matching although some marks are rubbed.
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 The earliest examples have straight handles (first flat, then tubular) which were superceded in the first part of the 18th century by a ring handle.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.