From around AD300 to the late 18th, when oil lamps appeared, candles were the normal form of domestic lighting. Wax candles were 3 times the price and indicated both wealth and social position. One motto, although indistinct, reads "True To The End". These candlesticks are remarkable for their size and weight.
Candles were lit using a tinder box, or strike-a-light.
1730 DAVID WILLAUME II Sold A fine pair of antique sterling silver candlesticks with baluster stems and shaped bases.
Very attractive design with knopped columns and shaped bases. Each has a hand engraved armorial within the well of the base.
1722 JAMES FRAILLON Sold A rare 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.
1722 BENJAMIN PYNE (1653-1732) Sold A delightful little antique silver taper stick of plain early design with baluster stem and raised hectagonal foot.
Prior to the 19th century, when the self-consuming wick was invented, it was essential to trim the candle wick which would otherwise burn itself out. 1703 RICHARD SYNG Price £9,950 A rare pair of early antique silver candlesticks dating from the reign of Queen Anne.
Tallow candles needed to be snuffed much more frequently than wax – 8 to 10 times an hour.
1724 JOHN BACHE Price £1,550 A delightful little antique sterling silver taper stick of plain early design with baluster stem and square octagonal foot with a sunken well. It has the early form with a flat teardrop handle and broad drip pan. 1722 JAMES FRAILLON Price £4,750 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. The circular base is hand engraved with the crest of a crown over a gentleman carrying a double scythe. 1759 WILLIAM CAFE Price £3,950 A handsome pair of antique sterling silver candle holders with shell corners and detachable sconces. There is a crest of cross arrows engraved to the top.