DESCRIPTION: An exceptional English Late Regency Old Sheffield Plate silver scissor-action candle snuffer, stamped on the top by the pivot point with three pseudo-hallmarks (a series of stamps found on plated or sterling objects made to resemble a genuine British hallmark) by the firm of THOMAS PRIME SR (in script), a cypher mark date letter for the year 1833. With a sprung steel cutter and a panelled box with a sharp probe at the end for uncurling the candle wick; reeded openwork handle in a design popular in the early 19th century. The domed anterior surface of the trimmer is plain and unembellished and features two handles ornamented with central baluster-shaped struts, incorporating two oval-shaped finger pieces, supported by three circular legs with swept feet. Old Sheffield Plate snuffer tray with a waisted oblong form embellished with a gadrooned decorative border, retains much of its silver layer.The underside of the tray is coated with tin and rests on four tiny silver cap feet. "Candle snuffer" is the regularly used term, but these are in fact wick trimmers and date back to the time before the self-consuming wick.
As candles burned down the wick did not burn away, but instead grew longer, causing a dangerously long flame and wicks had to be trimmed as the candle burned. MATERIALS: silver plate, steel, copper, tin, lead. Width (open): 4 ½ [11.43 cm].
Weight: 3.9 oz [110 g]. Height: ¾ [1.9 cm]. Length: 9 ¼ [23.5 cm]. Weight: 6.7 oz [190 g].PLACE OF ORIGIN: England, Birmingham. CONDITION: The overall original condition is spectacular, with no evidence of damage or restoration, just honest historical wear as you would expect from an object of substantial age that has been used, handled, and displayed, usually over the lifetimes of several owners. Please consider our other related antiques for sale, including assorted early candlesticks. This item is in the category "Antiques\Silver\Silverplate\Other Antique Silverplate".
The seller is "thegrandtour2019" and is located in this country: CA. This item can be shipped to Canada, United States.