Chamberstick

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Object Name: 
Chamberstick
Accession Number: 
96.4.187
Dimensions: 
Overall H: 13.9 cm, W: 9.8 cm, Diam: 9.8 cm
Location: 
On Display
Date: 
about 1830-1840
Web Description: 
Before 1800, most of the lamps and candlesticks used in America were made of metal. After that date, glass gradually became the most important medium for lighting devices. Although American pressed glass candlesticks are numerous, the base of this example is very rare. The socket is a relatively common pattern made at the Boston & Sandwich Glass Company, which also produced whale-oil lamps with mold-blown fonts and bases. Candlesticks with handles were usually called chambersticks because the handle made it easier to carry the candlestick into the bedchamber. The ring handle was difficult to press because the molten glass did not flow easily through the small space required. In addition, the ring is so small that it must have been difficult for an adult to carry the candlestick while it held a lighted candle.
Department: 
Provenance: 
Rose, Leonard A., Former Collection
1959
Hirschl & Adler Galleries, Inc., Source
1996-10-08
Elsholz, William J., Former Collection
1959
to
1986
Category: 
Primary Description: 
Colorless lead glass; pressed, tooled. Ovoid socket with flaring top rim, fan and stipple pattern above a row of large beading and another row of small beading above gadrooning, above a flat disk, joined while hot with a large tooled four part wafer to a pressed square base with a beaded and gadrooned stem above a square base with a ring handle at one corner and a stippled acanthus leaf and shield pattern on the lower surface and a rough pontil mark inside the base. Blue printed paper label in the form of a salt marked "WILLIAM J/. ELSHOLZ/ COLLECTION" on the top surface of base.
Escort Guide to the Galleries (2013) illustrated, p. 30, bottom; BIB# 134015
Escort Guide to the Galleries [V4/2013] (2013) illustrated, p. 30, bottom; BIB# 134856
Corning Museum of Glass (2009-01) illustrated, p. 7; BIB# 109342
Glass: making use of the secrets of matter (2003) illustrated, p. 37; BIB# 76451
Recent Important Acquisitions, 39 (1997) illustrated, p. 166, #19; BIB# AI5243
The Corning Museum of Glass Annual Report 1996 (1997) illustrated, p. 11;