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DESCRIPTION Elegantly plain antique English Georgian solid sterling silver chamberstick with bead edge decoration, flying leaf capped scroll handle, detachable sconce and conical snuffer with the matching original monogram 'AO'. Beautifully hallmarked to base. Snuffer and sconce not marked.
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 Robert Jones & John Scofield
DATE or HALLMARK 1775
ASSAY OFFICE London
WEIGHT in GRAMS 88
SIZE height to top of sconce 1 ", 41mm; width of drip pan (the base) 3 ", 87mm
SILVER STANDARD 925 sterling silver
CONDITION good, nice hallmarks, original monogram engraving, no erasures, probably dropped as a section of bumpage and old repair to outside edge of drip pan, not sure about handle/base joint as solder of this period could be a bit clumpy so might be redone but probably original

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