M. FORD CREECH ANTIQUES & FINE ARTS
GOOD RARE EARLY 18TH CENTURY COPPER ALLOY (BRASS) CHAMBERSTICK
Of the Nuremberg 'Spulenleuchter' (coil chandelier) type,
having a horizontally ribbed pillar stem with upper 'finger loop',
the central slide with moulded ejector flange adjustable to three candle height positions,
the stem threaded into a flat circular drip-pan with domed centre and straight-sided flared rim
The Nuremberg 'Spulenleuchter' ('coil chandelier') type stem dates to the 16th century.
This form refers to candle holders with a densely grooved shaft and tubular spout on a wide, flat base.
By the fifteenth century, Nuremberg had become one of the major metal working centers of Europe,
producing everything that could be made from metal, from pins and needles to suits of armour.
Their high-quality brass alloys of copper and zinc led them to prevail as Europe's 16th century leader
in the production of small brass objects, particularly lighting alms dishes.
Condition : Excellent, with very minor expected surface scratches, stains and marks to stem and dish base,
original central slide mechanism still operates correctly
7.4" High, Foot, 6" Diameter / 16.6 oz
Above and below showing the central slide and ejector slide and candle holder
Until the mid 17th century, most candlesticks were of Continental origin,
and made from "copper alloy" - an alloy of varying proportions of copper and zinc -
also known as "brass".
Due to this variance and additions of other elements (lead, arsenic, etc.),
increasingly museums are using the more general term "copper alloy",
particularly regarding pre- and often early-18th century wares.
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