A device for extinguishing a candle, usually made of silver or silver plate, and sometimes ceramic. There are two types, the first in the shape of a cone that is placed over the the top of candle and smothers the flame, also known as an extinguisher. The cone shaped snuffer may be part of a candlestick or have its own stand. The second type is similar to a pair of scissors with a small box on one of the blades into which the wick falls when it is cut. Prior to the invention of snuffless candles in the 1820s, this type of snuffer was used to trim the wick of the tallow candles (also called "snuffing") that were in use at that time, so that they did not become too long. With the snuffles candle, the newly developed plaited wick bent into the flame as it burnt, and was fully consumed. This type sometimes comes with an accompanying stand or tray. However the two components may have been separated, and a new name found for the snuffer tray, such as a pen tray.
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Two sterling silver candle snuffers with timber handles, 1981 Sheffield, with maker's mark for Cooper Bros; the other 20th century American, with maker's mark for Tiffany & Co, total weight 95gr. Length 29.5 cm. and smaller
A George III silver chamber stick, plain classical style with reeded borders, crested with a sword, matching snuffer and detachable nozzle, ring handle with oval thumbpiece. London 1806 by John Emes. Weight 144gms. Height 7.2 cm
A George III silver chamber stick, the oval dished tray with raised centre supporting the plain oval column and detachable nozzle, ring handle with oval thumbpiece and original date matched snuffer, reeded rims to all. London 1809 by Rebecca Eames and Edwa
Stuart Devlin, London 1976, 1980 silver gilt candle snuffer and paper knife the candle snuffer with silver gilt filigree handle, hallmarked for 1976, together with a paper knife/letter opener with a tapering flat textured surface handle, hallmarked for 198
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