This “sticking Tommy” candle spike circa 1770 was excavated in Kingston, New York and is likely a relic from the historical burning of the then Capital of New York. After evacuating the patriot stronghold Boston in March of 1776, the British made New York a strategic base of operations. But, of course, not all New Yorkers were loyalists and, in retaliation of aiding patriots, the British burned Kingston to the ground and gutted its stone buildings on October 16, 1777. We acquired this candle spike, described to us as having been excavated in Kingston, and offer it as a piece that very well may be part of that historic fire. Approximately 5 1/2” vertical and 3 1/2” horizontal.