|Candlesticks sheffield silver Click here for description and pictures||Candlesticks Sheffield Silver By Francis Howard|
|Silver candlesticks Click here for description and pictures||Silver Candlesticks. They have “V” shaped bodies which have a lined decoration and fluted edges. They have oval shaped removable fluted sconces with an overhanging edge, so you could have them with these larger shaped sconces in place or a narrower option if they were removed. They have very pretty shaped oval bases which have a splayed lined decoration on them and a rounded fluted edge which has a lined decortion following the outline.|
|Silver Chamberstick Click here for description and pictures||Silver Chamberstick Complete With Snuffer On A Chain|
|Antique silver candlesticks Click here for description and pictures||Antique Silver Candlesticks Hallmarked London 1904|
|Small silver chamberstick Click here for description and pictures||Small Sterling Silver Chamberstick With Snuffer|
|Silver 3 Light Candelabra Click here for description and pictures||Small Silver 3 Light Candelabra Hallmarked Birmingham 1961|
|Pair of large heavy silver plated candlesticks Click here for description and pictures||Pair of Large and Heavy Silver Plated Candlesticks|
|Pair of dwarf candlesticks Click here for description and pictures||Boxed Pair of Silver Dwarf Candlesticks|
|Chamberstick and snuffer Click here for description and pictures||Chamberstick With Snuffer Silver Plate|
Electricity as we know it is as common place as the air we breath. However the introduction of electricity into the home was at first surrounded by suspicion as having demonic powers. In 1819 Mary Shelley authored Frankenstein where electricity revitalised her demonic character which gives a good idea how reluctant some were to embrace this new household source of power. That is probably why Candles and silver candle holders in particular remained so popular for as long as they have done in our history
It is true that candlesticks are used for decorative purposes as well as providing light in the home, The Jewish religion has frequent use of candles in the home. The size of candle holder varied with the room of the house it was intended for use in. A chamberstick which was a small candle holder with a large drip pan to allow you to walk carrying a candle without the hot wax splashing onto your hands causing you to drop the candle and start a fire was designed for the bed chamber hence its name. Large multiple candle holders or candelabra (candelabrum singular) were used to light the feature rooms of the home such as the dining room or sitting room. smaller candlestick were designed to sit on specific pieces of furniture for a purpose such as the piano candlestick. Tapersticks used in libraries and the study were designed to hold a small thin candle or taper and this was used to melt the sealing wax whilst sat at your writing desk or even to light your pipe. Many variations developed including waxjacks where a holder was shaped to carry a coil of wax again used to melt the wax for a letter seal.
Accessories for candles also developed with a whole variety of shaped candle snuffers. these devices were often scissor shaped to enable the burnt wick to be cut off or trimmed.
Over the years there have been many styles of candlestick, plain clean lines straight stems and no fancy decoration marked the practical every day stick. Early materials such as brass and copper were used along with pewter in the less well off family home whilst those who could afford to do so favoured the sterling silver candlestick. The styles of each of the fashionable periods in history can be seen reflected in the designs of antique sterling silver candle holders.
Any serious collector of silver will have at least one example of a pair of silver candlesticks or a candelabra as pride of place in the collection. candle holders are still practical for use today and add to the atmosphere in a dining room with its table set with antique silver cutlery.
Sterling silver candlesticks have perfomed a functional and decorative use in our homes for centuries and antique silver candle holders now also provide an investment