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made in Germany

Postcard of Candleholder.
© National Museums Scotland


This candleholder consists of a hollow silver ball containing an open cup with a candle socket. It was made in Germany in 1702 by Jens Ulrich.

The cup housing the candle socket swivels on two loops. The whole is encased in a ball consisting of two semi-circles with pierced nautical and mythological scenes within roundels. There is a loop for suspension.

Candles were made from wax or tallow - mutton fat or pig fat, or less commonly, beef fat.

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Online ID: 000-100-102-245-C
Image Rights Holder: National Museums Scotland
Project: 0098: National Museums Scotland
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Ref: National Museums Scotland  H.MGF 22
Date: 1702
Material: Silver. Inscription: On ball: CL MW / on loop: JENS ULRICH 1702
Dimensions: 3.85" D
What: Ball / candleholder
Subject: Foreign lighting objects (NMAS Classification)
Who: Jens Ulrich
Where: Germany
Description: Hollow silver ball with pierced nautical and mythological scenes within roundels, engraved, containing an open cup with a small candle holder, from Germany, 1702
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