George I Silver Chamberstick
Maker: James Fraillon
A rare early English sterling silver chamber stick (also known as a go to bed) with the solid design and...
A rare early English sterling silver chamber stick (also known as a go to bed) with the solid design and excellent heavy gauge silver as you’d expect from this date. It has the early form with a flat teardrop handle and broad drip pan. The circular base is hand engraved with the crest of a crown over a gentleman carrying a double scythe.
Weight 400 grams, 12.8 troy ounces.
Diameter 14.5 cms. Length 23.5 cms.
By James Fraillon.
Literature: Chambersticks first made an appearance in the 17th century and early examples are now very hard to find. Originally they were made in sets as a household would need many chamber sticks. They were used for lighting the way to bed and because of the movement created when they were carried about they needed a large drip pan to catch the wax. The earliest examples have straight handles (first flat, then tubular) which were superseded in the first part of the 18th century by a ring handle. Gradually the design evolved and from the mid 18th century onwards they usually had a matching conical snuffer although from about 1790 onwards some were made with an aperture at the base of the stem to take a pair of scissor snuffers.
This superb silver chamberstick is in very good condition. Very heavy quality and superb colour. Crisp engraving. With a full set of English silver hallmarks. Please note that this item is not new and will show moderate signs of wear commensurate with age. Reflections in the photograph may detract from the true representation of this item.
Maker: James Fraillon
James Fraillon (active 1706–1727/28) Huguenot silversmith. Apprenticed to Phillip Roker in 1699 and free in 1706. Mark as largeworker entered in 1711. He probably died between 1727 and 1728 when his wife Blanche entered her own mark.
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