George III Antique Silver Chamberstick
Maker: William Plummer
An exceptional antique sterling silver chamberstick of square form with decorative shell corners. It’s unusual to find a cast silver...
An exceptional antique sterling silver chamberstick of square form with decorative shell corners. It’s unusual to find a cast silver chamberstick at this date, especially with a tulip shaped sconce.
Weight 355 grams, 11.4 troy ounces.
Height 6.5cm. Length of base 14cm. Spread 16.3cm.
Maker William Plummer.
Marks. Stamped underneath with a full set of English silver hallmarks.
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 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 The earliest examples have straight handles (first flat, then tubular) which were superseded in the first part of the 18th century by a ring handle.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.
In very good condition
Maker: William Plummer
William Plummer, London silversmith, apprenticed to Edward Aldridge 1746, free 1755. ist mark entered as largeworker 1755. 2nd mark 1774. 3rd mark 1789. His son William apprenticed to Thomas Whipham as goldsmith 1777. Plummer is mainly known for his finely cut baskets and strainers.
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