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DESCRIPTION Wonderfully exuberant antique English very early Victorian solid sterling silver chamberstick with detachable sconce and conical snuffer. Hallmarked to loaded base, snuffer and sconce. Additional IN mark within the capital that at the time of writing makes no sense to me as it does not conform to any silversmith registered at the time. Ahhh... a small, specialist, unregistered silversmith who sold his work to the large firm of Wilkinson who sent the piece for assay and then retailed it.
These chambersticks were designed to sit on your hall table waiting to light your way to bed. Only a little light would be required for this so these are smaller than the candlesticks of the period and most likely burnt tallow sticks. Tallow sticks were made by dipping wick into melted mutton fat, waiting a moment for it to solidify and then repeating until you had your desired diameter. They gave off less light than a wax candlestick but were much cheaper. So, you would go to bed by a gently flickering soft light encompassed in the aroma of roasting lamb.
SILVERSMITH Henry Wilkinson & Co.
DATE or HALLMARK 1837
ASSAY OFFICE Sheffield
WEIGHT in GRAMS total 157
SIZE height to top of sconce 3 ", 84mm; width of drip pan (the base) 3 ", 84mm
SILVER STANDARD 925 sterling silver
CONDITION excellent, extraordinarily good for such an item, never been dropped, no repairs or erasures, very minor surface marks commensurate with light, normal use

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