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Wrought Iron Candlestand with Rush Nip Holder

Early 18th Century dual purpose floor mount Lighting Stand.  It was designed to use the homemade rushlight (grease from cooking was used to soak splint rush stems which were held in the iron jaw and lit creating an inexpensive lighting source.).  Alternatively, a candle could be burned in the candle socket.  Candles were quite expensive in those days and not everyone could afford to burn them all the time.



This is a well made unusual design piece from a fine ironsmith.  The design puts much weight at floor level virtually eliminating the tipped-over fire hazard.  The adjustable lighting holder is cleverly designed and well executed. The stand is in fine condition with good color and stands 36-1/2 inches tall.

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