A Buckingham Palace Chamberstick, 1840
A Buckingham Palace Chamberstick, 1840
A Buckingham Palace Chamberstick, 1840
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A Buckingham Palace Chamberstick, 1840

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Diameter: 16cm (6.5in)

 

Brass. Victorian chamberstick, with snuffers, the wax pan engraved with the ‘V.R.’ cypher of Queen Victoria (reigned 1837-1901) ’Buckingham Palace / 18’. 

When Victoria ascended the throne in 1837 Buckingham Palace was lit solely by candles. The attempt by her Head of the Household and former governess Baroness Louise Lehzen to modernise the lighting by the introduction of gas famously resulted in the discovery of an infestation of rats. A handful of the 775 rooms were eventually fitted with gas lines but in the end the Palace remained a voracious user of candles up until 1883 when the electric supply was installed.