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DESCRIPTION High quality antique English early Victorian solid sterling silver chamberstick with octafoil drip pan and conforming detachable sconce, plain cylinder capital column and a conical snuffer with long silver chain. Fully hallmarked to base, snuffer and sconce. All over rococo cartouche engraved decoration with blank cartouche to drip pan and snuffer and a wonderfully cast silver floral thumbpiece.
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 Edward, Edward junior, John & William Barnard
DATE or HALLMARK 1841
ASSAY OFFICE Sheffield
WEIGHT in GRAMS 154
SIZE height to top of sconce 2", 48mm; width of drip pan (the base) 4 ", 105mm
SILVER STANDARD 925 sterling silver
CONDITION excellent, micro bump to capital column and snuffer cone, hallmarks to snuffer part rubbed

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