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from Corsock, Kirkcudbrightshire

Postcard of Candleholder.
© National Museums Scotland


This iron candleholder is from Corsock in Kirkcudbrightshire. It dates from the early 19th century.

The candleholder consists of a tall upright on a tripod stand. The horizontal arm has a candle socket at one side and three spikes on a flat plate at the other. The arm forms one side of a rectangle, to which is riveted an inner circle.

It is thought the candle was introduced to Britain by the Romans. From then until the second quarter of the 19th century, it remained the most widely used form of artificial light.

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Online ID: 000-100-102-283-C
Image Rights Holder: National Museums Scotland
Project: 0098: National Museums Scotland
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Ref: National Museums Scotland  H.MGI 42
Date: Early 19th century
Material: Iron
Dimensions: 43.25" total H; horizontal arm 7.50" L
What: Candleholder / save-all
Subject: Candleholders (NMAS Classification)
Where: Scotland, Kirkcudbrightshire, Corsock
Scotland, Kirkcudbrightshire, Corsock
Description: Candleholder and save-all combined, of iron, consisting of a tall upright on a tripod stand with small flat oval feet, from Corsock, Stewartry of Kirkcudbrightshire, early 19th century
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