Close Plate steel candle snuffers with patented retracting mechanism, c.1780
Close Plated steel candle snuffers, with Christopher Pinchbeck’s ‘Patented’ mechanism, cutting the wick and securing it so it doesn’t fall, the joint rivet disguised as a flower head.
minor wear to handles
‘Close Plated’ was a method of applying silver to iron & steel, using heat and pressure. It was essential with something like these scissors, as they needed the strength of the steel; solid silver would be too soft, and Old Sheffield copper base also would not have withstood usage.
The ‘Patent’ inscription refers to that taken out in 1776 by Christopher Pinchbeck, a London clock maker and ‘creator of musical automata’. His patent was re-published in the 1850’s, see attached image.