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from Wigtownshire

Postcard of Candleholder.
© National Museums Scotland


This iron candleholder is from Wigtownshire. It dates from the 18th century.

The candleholder consists of a horizontal arm with drip pans at either end, one containing a candle socket, the other, three spikes. The arm is attached to an upright by means of an L-shaped arm and a spring. The upright is riveted to a tripod stand.

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

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Online ID: 000-100-102-285-C
Image Rights Holder: National Museums Scotland
Project: 0098: National Museums Scotland
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Ref: National Museums Scotland  H.MGI 46
Date: 18th century
Material: Iron
Dimensions: 5.60" total H; horizontal arm 7.40" L
What: Candleholder / save-all
Subject: Candleholders (NMAS Classification)
Where: Scotland, Wigtownshire
Scotland, Wigtownshire
Description: Combined candleholder and save-all of iron, consisting of a horizontal arm with a candle socket at one end and a save-all at the other, from Wigtownshire, 18th century
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