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from Upper Cabrach, Banffshire

Postcard of Candleholder.
© National Museums Scotland


This extending wall candleholder is from Upper Cabrach in Banffshire. Made of iron, it dates from the 18th century.

The candleholder consists of a candleholder riveted to the end of three straight bars, one of which tapers to a point.

Wall candleholders such as these were also known as 'peerman'. Before wall candleholders were invented, it was the custom that a poor man (peerman), when given food at a house, would have to hold the light.

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Online ID: 000-100-102-275-C
Image Rights Holder: National Museums Scotland
Project: 0098: National Museums Scotland
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Ref: National Museums Scotland  H.MGI 28
Date: 18th century
Material: Iron
Dimensions: Holder 4.50" H; bars 6.70" L, 6.70" L, 5.70" L, together 17.25"
What: Candleholder, wall
Subject: Candleholders (NMAS Classification)
Where: Scotland, Aberdeenshire, Cabrach, Aldivalloch
Scotland, Banffshire, Cabrach, Aldivalloch
Description: Extending wall candleholder of iron, consisting of a candleholder riveted to the end of three straight bars, from Aldivalloch, Upper Cabrach, Banffshire, 18th century
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