Chamberstick and extinguisher
Overall (a, chamberstick): 5 1/4 × 6 7/8 × 6 1/2 in. (13.3 × 17.5 × 16.5 cm) Overall (b, extinguisher): 3 in. × 1
engraved: on urn-shaped socket: "M A D" in bright-cut script stamped: on the base: "I. SAYRE" in roman letters in a rectangle
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.
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.
Gift of Wilmot T. Cox
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.
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