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used in Edinburgh during visit of King George IV

Postcard of Candleholder.
© National Museums Scotland


This candleholder was used in the illumination of Edinburgh during the visit of King George IV in 1822. Made of tinned iron, it dates from the early 19th century.

The candleholder consists of a U-shaped strip forming a base, with a socket riveted to one side.

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

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Online ID: 000-100-102-290-C
Image Rights Holder: National Museums Scotland
Project: 0098: National Museums Scotland
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Ref: National Museums Scotland  H.MGI 73
Date: Early 19th century
Material: Iron, tinned
Dimensions: Base 2.20" x 1.20"; socket 1.20" H
Subject: Candleholders (NMAS Classification)
Who: George IV
Where: Scotland, Midlothian, Edinburgh
Description: Candleholder of tinned iron used in the illumination of Edinburgh during the visit of George IV, 1822, early 19th century
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