Splint holder

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from Greenbog, Grange, Banffshire

Postcard of Splint holder.
© National Museums Scotland

Splint holder

This splint holder comes from Greenbog at Grange in Banffshire. It dates from the 18th century. Made of wrought iron, it would have held a lighted splint of wood and would have been attached to the wall or a block of wood. It is adjustable, so that the field of light can be moved.

Rushlight holder of iron, from Greenbog, Grange, Banffshire, 18th century

Splints of bog wood were particularly valued as a light source. Bogs were searched for wood beneath the surface using metal poles.

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Online ID: 000-100-103-521-C
Image Rights Holder: National Museums Scotland
Project: 0098: National Museums Scotland
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Ref: National Museums Scotland  H.MGC 7
Date: 1700
18th century
Material: Iron
Dimensions: 218 mm (upright); 152 mm L (arm)
What: Rushlight holder
Subject: Lighting - lightholders and stands (NMAS Classification)
Where: Scotland, Banffshire, Grange, Greenbog
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