SNUFFERS AND TRAYS

In Georgian and early Victorian days the candles burned needed snuffing, and many beautifully shaped and ornamented snuffer trays on which the steel or silver snuffers were placed in readiness were made. Japanned trays for steel and brass snuffers, and others of metal, including polished brass were used on ordinary occasions, but trays of silver were owned by the wealthy and were regarded as indicative of good families in less pretentious households. There are many fine examples of these useful and ornamental articles about, and in some of our museums there are quite early examples dating back to the days of James II. Candlesticks and taper holders, snuffers and trays and the many little silver curios associated with their use make an excellent group of silver wares for the collectors' cabinet. The variety of candlesticks is so great that it is difficult to select any number of types in the limited space at our disposal for illustration. Probably none of the designs which have been introduced from time to time have been so popular among collectors as those elaborate and decorative candlesticks made during the reign of George II., a typical example of which is illustrated in Figure 25-a beautiful candlestick, the handiwork of Phillips Garden, who so ably treated the elaborate scheme of decoration consisting of flowers, shells, and scrolls. Figure 28 illustrates a very beautiful set of silver snuffers with a stand, the work of Louis Mettayer, hall-marked 1708. Snuffer trays of Sheffield Plate are shown in Figures 80, 81, 82, 83 and 84.