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18th C. Spiral Adjustable Candlestick
Presented here, a fine 18th Century Spiral (Helix) Adjustable Candlestick.  While most commonly found in the 7-1/2" - 8" height range, this one is an impressive 10.6" tall!  It is beautifull wrought with a wide spaced helix set into a "high dome" turned wooden base 3.23"- 3.26" in diameter.  At the upper end, the spiral ends in a hook like handle with a rat tail terminus.  The function of the hook is two-fold.  Firstly, the hook was intended as a carrying handle and allowed for carrying the candlestick without having to grip the piece by its coils (they would have been hot) and proteced the hand from dripping tallow.  Secondly, the hook enabled the candlestick to be hung from a wall hook, or even from the back of a chair or other piece of furniture to provide light where needed.
The overall condition is excellent with no cracks, breaks or repairs.  The patina is exceptional and the internal candle cup moves freely within the spiral by means of beautifully formed "curl traveler".  This rare and unusual candlestick is a wonderful accent to any early room setting and a noteworthy addition to any collection of early lighting.

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