George II Silver Chamberstick


Stock: 9424

Date: 1736

Maker: James Gould

Country: England

An early English silver chamber stick (also known as a go to bed) with the solid design and excellent heavy...

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An early English 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.

Weight 250 grams, 8 troy ounces.
Diameter 14cm. Spread 16cm. London 1736.
Maker James Gould, known for his cast candlesticks.
Sterling silver

Marks. Stamped underneath with a full set of English silver hallmarks.

Literature. Silver 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 chambersticks. 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 The earliest examples have straight handles (first flat, then tubular) which were superseded in the first part of the 18th century by a ring handle.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 early English silver chamberstick is in good but used condition. Very heavy quality and superb colour. The handle shows signs of an earlier repair where it meets the pan of the chamberstick.

Maker Information

Maker: James Gould

James Gould, London silversmith, apprenticed to David Green (specialist candlestick and taperstick maker) in 1714, free 1722. 2 marks (Sterling and New Standard) entered in 1722. 3rd mark circa 1733. Livery 1739. 4th mark 1739. 5th mark 1743. Court 1745. Died circa 1747 when Mrs James Gould entered her mark. His son James II, born 1730, was apprenticed to his father in 1744. James II is noted as a working candlestick maker but no mark seems attributable to him. William Gould was apprenticed to his brother James Gould in 1724 and entered his first mark as largeworker in 1732. Like his brother, his mark is found virtually on candlesticks alone.

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