Candle mould

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from Wigtownshire

Postcard of Candle mould.
© National Museums Scotland

Candle mould

This double mould for candles dates from the 17th or 18th century. Made of tin, it comes from Wigtownshire.

The mould is made from two slightly conical cylinders braised along the seam. The candle wicks would first have been dropped into the mould through the hole in the top. The wicks would then have been held in place while the wax was poured in. The pouring tray at the base enabled the wax to be poured into the moulds quickly, before it began to harden, and ensured the minimum of waste.

This form of candle production was first developed in mainland Europe in the 15th century.

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Online ID: 000-100-103-577-C
Image Rights Holder: National Museums Scotland
Project: 0098: National Museums Scotland
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Ref: National Museums Scotland  H.MGJ 4
Date: 17th - 18th century
17th or 18th century
Material: Tin
Dimensions: 2.80" x 1.90" base; 10.60" L x 0.80" D candle
What: Mould, candle
Subject: Candlemaking equipment and candles (NMAS Classification)
Where: Scotland, Wigtownshire
Description: Double mould of tin for candles, joined together at the top in a rectangular base, from Wigtownshire, 17th or 18th century
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