Pair of chambersticks with extinguishers
Each (chamberstick): 4 1/4 x 6 7/8 x 6 1/4 in. (10.8 x 17.5 x 15.9 cm)
Each (extinguisher): 3 1/8 x 1 5/8 x 1 3/8 in. (
Pair of cast silver chambersticks and extinguishers; straight, cylindrical stems, seamed down the centers with two applied, wide baluster rings and convex sockets with applied molded bands above; molded, circular drip pans, concave in the centers applied to the sockets; stems applied to a circular, saucer bases, domed in the centers, with raised edges and applied, plain rims; c-curve handles applied to the underside of the rims; flat, rectangular grips applied to the tops of the handles with the Arden family crest, five ostrich feathers on a fess, and the initials, "S A" engraved in script in the center and square sockets cut through them above, to hold the extinguishers; cast, conical extinguishers, seamed down the centers with applied, plain rims and cast ball finials; squared hooks, to hang extinguishers, applied to the centers of the bodies with oval joints; maker's marks on the bases of the chambersticks.
Bequest of John B. Morris, Jr.
engraved: on the grips: "SA" in script below the Arden family crest
stamped: on the bases: "B * GARDINER" in a serrated banner over a U.S. shield, a star and "NEW * YORK" in a serrated banner
Susan (Susannah) Arden (1766-1824); to her sister Margaret Antoinette Arden (b.1770), who married Frederick Babcock (b.1771); to their daughter Mary Elizabeth Babcock (1808-1851), who married William Lewis Morris (1805-1864); to their son John Babcock Morris (b.1839), who married Mary E. Faitoute; to their son John Babcock Morris Jr. (1881-1957), the donor.
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