Candle mould

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Postcard of Candle mould.
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Candle mould

This double candle mould dates from the 18th or early 19th century. It is made of tin.

The candle mould consists of two cylinders with shaped ends. There is a handle to allow the mould to be held for the pouring and hardening process, and a generous pouring tray. This tray enabled the wax to be poured into the mould quickly, before it began to harden, and ensured the minimum of waste.

The candle wicks would first have been dropped into each mould through the hole in the top. The wicks would then have been held in place while the wax was poured in. When the wax dried it shrank slightly, allowing the candles to be easily removed from the moulds.

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Online ID: 000-100-103-588-C
Image Rights Holder: National Museums Scotland
Project: 0098: National Museums Scotland
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Ref: National Museums Scotland  H.MGJ 15
Date: 18th - early 19th century
18th or early 19th century
Material: Tin
Dimensions: 3.60" x 2.25" x 0.60" base; 9.00" L x 0.90" D candle
What: Mould, candle
Subject: Candlemaking equipment and candles (NMAS Classification)
Description: Tin candle mould for making two candles, in a rectangular base with a ribbon handle, 18th or early 19th century
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