Learn about Snuffer

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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A George III silver Snuffer tray by James Morrison, London 1760, of waisted shaped form with shell capped handle on four pad feet, engraved with coat of arms, 260 grams, 19.5 cm wide, with silver plate snuffers of the same period

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 Georgian sterling silver snuffer tray and snuffers, 25 cm tray length

Sterling silver candle snuffer, hallmarked Birmingham, 32.5 cm long approx

Pair hallmarked Georgian snuffers, Hallmarked Birmingham 1813

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

Victorian sterling silver candle snuffer, hallmarked London 1894, maker W & J Barnard

Rare sterling silver candle snuffer by Sampson Mordan, hallmarked Chester 1908, in fitted box. 30.5 cm long approx.

An American sterling silver candle snuffer, Lunt Silversmiths, Greenfield, Massachusetts, modern, in the plain Georgian manner with a pierced terminal to the shaft. Length 23 cm. Weight 30gr

A sterling silver candle-snuffer. 27 cm long and a boxed condiments set with spoons

Fine antique sterling silver inkstand, comprising two glass bottles, one for ink the other for ponce, detachable tapper stick holder with snuffer, 24 cm wide, marked for Sheffield 1867

George III very fine pair of Sheffield plated candle snuffers and tray with the makers mark of gilbert patented London circa 1820

An 18th century English marrow scoop, a Mathew Boulton grouse skewer, two early toddy ladles, a candle snuffer, a pair of Kings Pattern grape scissors and a pair of English sterling silver sugar nips

Hallmarked sterling silver loaded candlestick with nozzle, maker LSG? Birmingham C1905, together with a snuffer

Selection of 19th century sterling silver spoons, English, together with a candle snuffer with baleen handle

Silver inkwell with a pair of lidded ink pots, a central well with a candle lid and snuffer, and an extensively embossed and decorated base, hallmarked for London 1825, made by R. H. Robert Hennell

A pair of Georgian silver scissor candle snuffers (one foot missing) London 1785 maker Ib 6 1/4 inches long