Date Made/Found: 1820-1840
Material and Medium: Old Sheffield Plate
Dimensions: Overall: 95 x 145 x 165mm (3 3/4 x 5 11/16 x 6 1/2in.)
Department: Decorative Art
Accession Number: L1936.3
This is an Old Sheffield Plate chamber candlestick, made by Blagden, Hodgson & Co and marked with their orb mark. They registered a mark with Sheffield Assay Office in 1821. This was probably made between 1821 and 1840.
Chamber candlesticks were designed for the bedroom. Even with the advent of gas and electric lighting, chamber candlesticks continued to be a popular way to light a bedtime read before sleep. It is easily carried around and more stable than a regular candlestick. The extinguisher neatly fits on the side ready to stop the flame.
As a silver plated item this piece would probably have been used by a middle class family, seeking the appearance of silver but at a more affordable price. The initials 'FO' engraved on the thumb-piece are probably those of the owner. Monograms and crests were often applied to silver as a sign of wealth and prestige as well as ownership.