An attractive antique sterling silver go to bed with plain classic styling and gadroon borders. Small size. To the front of the chamber stick is a hand engraved crest of a lamb. An unusual feature is the small gallery around the candle sconce which encloses a glass funnel. Lamps of this kind are called storm lamps and are intended for use outdoors or in front of a window, the glass chimney stops the candle flame from being extinguished by a draught. Weight of silver 110 grams, 3.5 troy ounces. Height 6 cms to top of candle sconce, 16 cms to top of funnel. Diameter 11 cms. Diameter of candle sconce 1.75 cms. London 1817. Maker Emes & Barnard.
This attractive silver go to bed is in very good condition with no damage or restoration. The English silver hallmarks are well struck and clear to read. The engraved crest is crisp. There is a small holder on the side of the funnel gallery which originally held a snuffer (not supplied).
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 The earliest examples have straight handles (first flat, then tubular) which were superceded in the first part of the 18th century by a ring handle.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.