Pair of Silver Chambersticks with Snuffers
Pair of Silver Chambersticks with Snuffers
Pair of Silver Chambersticks with Snuffers
Pair of Silver Chambersticks with Snuffers
Pair of Silver Chambersticks with Snuffers

RICHARD SIBLEY (worked 1803-1836)

Pair of Silver Chambersticks with Snuffers

1832 England

Offered by Thomas Coulborn & Sons


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Both chambersticks with gadrooned borders, a matching bobèche and a conical snuffer. The snuffers, chambersticks and bobèches are all engraved with the crest of the Duke of Newcastle under Lyne. The chambersticks are stamped with the London Hallmarks. The leopard's head mark is the mark of the London Assay Office; accompanied by a letter mark coinciding with the date of assay. The set of hallmarks on these chambersticks indicates that they were assayed in 1832 (see adjacent image). The snuffers are stamped with the following hallmarks: Richard Sibley I’s Sponsor's mark; the ‘lion passant guardant’ which certifies the quality of the silver; the sovereign head ('duty mark') which certifies the payment of the duty; and the letter mark ‘s’ indicating the date of the snuffers’ manufacture was 1833.

Chambersticks first made an appearance in the 17th Century and were originally made in sets as one household would need many chambersticks.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 The earliest examples have straight handles (first flat, then tubular) but these were superseded in the first part of the 18th Century by a ring handle.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.
Commissioned by Henry P.F. Pelham-Clinton, the 4th Duke of Newcastle under Lyne and the 11th Earl of Lincoln (1785 – 1851). Thence by descent until sold by Sotheby's, London, 1972.
Height 15.00 cm (5.91 inches)
Width 15.00 cm (5.91 inches)
Depth 17.75 cm (6.99 inches)
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Stamped with Richard Sibley I’s Sponsor's or Maker’s mark, and ‘GARRARDS Panton Street LONDON’.
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