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Chamberstick and extinguisher

Chamberstick and extinguisher
Chamberstick and extinguisher
Chamberstick and extinguisher
ca. 1810
a (chamberstick): 5 1/4 x 6 7/8 x 6 1/2 in. (13.3 x 17.5 x 16.5 cm) b (extinguisher): 3 x 1 5/8 x 1 1/2 in. (7.6 x 4.1
Silver chamberstick and extinguisher; urn-shaped socket with a flared lip and applied, circular, concave, drip pan with a reeded rim on a double-baluster stem, seamed down the center; bottom of stem has a rectangular cutout on each side; each baluster is reeded; stem applied to a circular, saucer base, domed in the center, with a raised edge and applied, reeded rim; engraved, "M A D" in bright-cut script on the socket; c-curve handle, reeded on each side; applied circular grip with raised reeded sides and a drop applied to the underside of the rim; square socket applied to the grip to hold the extinguisher; cast, conical extinguisher, seamed down the center with an applied molded rim and a cast knop finial; squared hook, to hang extinguisher, applied on the center of the body; maker's mark on the base of the chamberstick.
Credit Line 
Gift of Wilmot T. Cox
Object Number 
engraved: on urn-shaped socket: "M A D" in bright-cut script stamped: on the base: "I. SAYRE" in roman letters in a rectangle
Gallery Label 
Silver chambersticks were an expensive luxury, but the form was more commonly made in less expensive materials, such as fused plate, pewter, or tin. Few American-made examples in silver have survived. The chamberstick's slotted support, located underneath the candle socket, accommodated a pair of snuffers. The engraved initials "M A D" engraved on the socket refer to Mary Ann Bowers (1773-1842), who married James Chatham Duane (1770-1858) in 1792.
Mary Ann Bowers (1773-1842), who married James Chatham Duane (1770-1843); to their daughter Maria Bowers Duane (1793-1858), who married Samuel William Jones (1791-1855); to their daughter Cornelia Jones (1828-1901), who married John Bleecker Miller (1820-1861); to their daughter Maria Duane Bleecker Miller (1860-1915), who married Wilmot Townsend Cox (1856-1945), the donor.
Due to ongoing research, information about this object is subject to change.
Creative: Tronvig Group