from: Jackie Stephens Merrell: “Would like to know something about these? I had an aunt in Nashville, that gave me these before she died. She knew nothing about themÖ.said a neighbor gave them to her 40 years ago after finding them in an old house. There are NO marking on them except the number 1626 and a small “v” under that inside the candlestick holder. I know that they are very old. They are weighted with rock or coal or something. Any help or where I might find help would be great.”
Candlesticks, candle holders and candelabraswere designed with one thing in mind: to provide a place to lighta candle without burning down the house. As simple of a function as that may seem, it actually gave way to some of the more interesting designs and engineering that we see in more elaborate pieces. While many candlesticks have deep sockets to keep their candles upright, some are fitted with prickets used to keep the candle in place. Some candlesticks have rods equipped to push the spent candle out, while others have “economy” holes on their sides for the same reason. Other designs include wide rings orbobèches to keep melting wax from dripping out, while some designs include handles or hooks for transporting the light.
Sure, the engineering of a candlestick isn’t the most fascinating subject in the world, but many candlesticks and candelabras also functioned as decorative art or show pieces. In England, Wedgwood produced porcelain and Jasperware candlesticks while Georg Jensen made his designs out of sterling silver. In the 19th century, plain tin candlesticks known as hog-scrapers were a common sight in rural America, while pressed-glass versions were more common in the urban areas.
Take a look at some of the more interesting pieces submitted by our users, and let us know if you collect or own and candle-related items that you’re proud of.
from: Beth Pleines: “Great Glass Candelabra I found this morning!”
from: Andrej Hallder: “This is one of my many antique french clocks , this is an onyx 1920 with pair of candelabra”
from: Sabina Ramont: “I have this seven arm candelabra and I can not find one anyplace on line or who made this. Can someone maybe give me some direction? The marking on the bottom of piece is a few photos down as I was not able to add 2 photos at the same time. Thank you for your time and help. My Grandma had this in a collection for years and all other pieces sold. I bought this one. It is amazingly detailed and very beautiful. “
from: Kim Parker-Penley: “Does anyone know what this might be?… I know it’s a candle holder but it swings back and forth in the middle, I’ve never seen a candle holder like this before…. Anyone know anything about it?”
from: Dusty Old Thing: “From Sharon Amburgey: “love this old candle holder”Share in the enjoyment of antiques from readers like you at -> http://dustyoldthing.com/”
from: Mary Shott Stegman: “I received this candle holder a few years ago as a gift. It was recovered from a devastating fire so I cleaned it up and here is what I have. I think it’s beautiful. Can anyone give me a date on this if if is old?”
from: Bonnie Smith: “I bought these candlesticks at a half off estate sale. They are brass and the filigree looks to be copper. Each has 3 copper cameos on the base and none are the same. No markings. Anyone have any info on age and/or value. I think they are the prettiest metal ones I have seen. “