Splint or rushlight holder

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from Tarry Croys, Keith, Banffshire

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Splint or rushlight holder

This wrought iron holder for rushlights or splints of wood is from Tarry Croys at Keith in Banffshire. It dates from the 18th century.

The holder has a vertical bar which would have been fixed into the wall. There are three movable arms so that the field of light can be moved, and a spring-loaded grip for holding the splint or rushlight.

Rushlights were made of rushes which were stripped of their outer layers, leaving a pith which was wound into a wick and possibly dipped in fat.

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Online ID: 000-100-103-520-C
Image Rights Holder: National Museums Scotland
Project: 0098: National Museums Scotland
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Ref: National Museums Scotland  H.MGC 6
Date: 18th century
Material: Iron
Dimensions: Upright 7.10"; strips 6.60", 8.30", 15.00"; L upright 21.80" L
What: Rushlight holder
Subject: Lighting - lightholders and stands (NMAS Classification)
Where: Scotland, Banffshire, Keith, Tarry Croys
Description: Rushlight holder of iron, consisting of an upright and an arm on an extending wrought iron bracket, 18th century
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