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Chambersticks first made an appearance in the 17th Century and were originally made in sets as one household would need many chambersticks. They were used for lighting the way to bed and, as a result of the movement created when they were carried, they needed a large drip pan to catch the wax. The earliest examples have straight handles (first flat, then tubular) but these were superseded in the first part of the 18th Century by a ring handle. As the design of chambersticks evolved, from the mid 18th Century onwards they often had a matching conical snuffer, as in this example.
Comparator: A very similar silver chamber candlestick and snuffer was given to Kaiser Wilhelm II of Germany by his grandmother Queen Victoria for his ninth birthday with engraved crowned W cipher and script: 'From his Grandmama V R January 27th 1868'. The chamberstick is hallmarked London 1809 – maker William Burwash & Richard Sibley.
|Height||15.00 cm||(5.91 inches)|
|Width||15.00 cm||(5.91 inches)|
|Depth||17.75 cm||(6.99 inches)|
Thomas Coulborn & Sons
64 Birmingham Road
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