An Exceptionally Rare Early American Silver Snuffer and Tray

An Exceptionally Rare Early American Silver Snuffer and Tray

New York, N.Y., c. 1820 by John Gale
$27,500

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Description

The oval tray on collet foot, the flaring rim with beaded rim, the scissor-form snuffers with loop handle, square box and raised on three baluster feet, marked on both pieces

Since the mid nineteenth century most candles have had "self-consuming" wicks: the wick burns down along with the candle. In earlier periods the wick of a burning candle had to be trimmed periodically or it would become too long and flop over, causing the candle to gutter and smoke. The trimming was done with a snuffer, a scissors-like item which incorporates a box above the blade to hold the wick bits. If the snuffing was done poorly the candle would go out, and today the term "snuffing" has come to mean "extinguishing" rather than "trimming".

Early American snuffers are exceptionally rare. Only a handful of 18th century or 19th century examples exist. This example retains its original tray.

Dimensions

Size 3 1/2''(W), 8 3/4''(L)
Weight 9 oz. 2 dwt
Stock No V7202

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