Newton School of Metalworkers copper chamber sticks

Description

A pair of copper chambersticks made by Albert Prime of the Newton School of Metalworking, circa 1900.

The hand planished chambersticks have a simple repousse pattern to the edges and a chased pattern around the centres. The handles are slightly different sizes so it’s hard to know if they were meant to be a matching pair. Both chambersticks have a lovely patina.

The chambersticks are both marked on the underside with the distinctive monogram of Albert Prime “A P”. The mark is probably made with an etcher. Albert Prime started out as a worker at the school in the early 1890s. He later became a full time tutor at the school. More on the history of the Newton School and Albert Prime can be found here..

I was also lucky enough to spot a faint inscription on the underside of the chambersticks that reads “Designed and made by A. Prime, Newton School of Metalwork, Cambs”.

Details

Dimensions:    6″ in diameter and 8″ in diameter at widest point. 2″ high

Condition:    Good. Some uneven spots to the patina

Price:   £250