An early English sterling silver chamber stick (also known as a go to bed) with a simple thumbpiece and carrying handle. Solid design and excellent heavy gauge silver as you’d expect from this date. Hand engraved to the top of the pan with the crest of a serpent intertwined with 4 arrows.
Weight 411 grams, 13.2 troy ounces.
Diameter 15cm. Spread 19cm.
Maker John Priest, specialist candlestick maker.
Marks. Stamped underneath with a full set of English silver hallmarks and scratchweight 13=15.
John Priest (or Preist), London silversmith, apprenticed to William Gould 1739, free 1749. 1st mark entered as largeworker 1748. Specialist candlestick maker.