Candlestick or chamber stick

April 14, 2022

Candlestick or chamber stick

As with everything in English language there is a subtle but very relevant difference.

Chamber stick coming from the French word chambre for chamber or bedroom, and candlestick is normally for a larger candle and more importantly is a free standing item without a carrying handle and large drip pan. A chamber stick is designed to facilitate the journey to one's bed chamber and a candlestick is used for lighting a table or room etc.

A go to bed was a small box often containing matches and used to literally light briefly the journey to bed.


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