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Chamber candlestick

Chamber candlestick

  • Place of origin:

    York (made)

  • Date:

    1821-1822 (made)

  • Artist/Maker:

    James Barber and William Whitwell (maker)

  • Materials and Techniques:

    Silver, raised and engraved

  • Credit Line:

    Arthur Hurst Bequest

  • Museum number:

    M.44 to B-1940

  • Gallery location:

    In Storage

The chamber candlestick, otherwise known as a chamberstick, bedroom candlestick or hand candlestick was intended to light the way indoors. It consists of a small flat tray or shallow, saucer like base with a central support for the candle, Some early examples have a flat or curved handle but on later ones there is a ring shaped handle, extending upwards from the rim in a loop. The handle sometimes supports, in a pierced slot, a candle snuffer, a small hollow cone which was placed over the lighted taper to extinguish the flame without causing the snuff to smoke. Candles could be made of tallow (animal fat), bees-wax or spermaceti (whale oil). Tallow was the cheapest of the three.

Physical description

Silver, circular pan, tall socket with nozzle, open scroll handle, reeded borders. Engraved with a crest (a fox holding a fish) on pan, nozzle and extinguisher.

Place of Origin

York (made)


1821-1822 (made)


James Barber and William Whitwell (maker)

Materials and Techniques

Silver, raised and engraved

Marks and inscriptions

York hallmarks for 1821-22

Mark of James Barber and William Whitwell

Engraved crest of a fox holding a fish


Height: 3.5 in, Diameter: 4.5 in

Descriptive line

Silver, York hallmarks for 1821-22, mark of Jmaes Barber and William Whitewell




Raising; Engraving (incising)

Subjects depicted

Fish; Fox; Crests; Reeding


Lighting; Metalwork


Metalwork Collection

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