Early Lighting

Rarely Found Signed Courting Candlestick
  • We all love these early candlesticks with a metal spiral body with a wood base. Legend says that when a young couple was courting, the father would adjust the candle within the spiral body with instructions that once the candle burned to the top of the candleholder, it was time for his daughter’s suitor to go home. We were told that Dad would set the candle to burn later if he liked the young man. The truth of this story is doubtful but the desirability of these early candlesticks remains strong. Finding a “signed” one is super difficult so we are excited to offer this one. The metal is signed/stamped “LNA” and “LM.” The body of this one may be steel and the push up looks to be iron. The handle of the push-up may be an early replacement. The metal body ends in a spike that is driven all the way through to the bottom of the turned wood base (as it should be). There are two holes on the bottom that seem to come through near the top of the wood base—we don’t know why those are there. The dark patina of the wood base is wonderful. 8” tall x 4” diameter of the base. 19th century.

    Inv. #6653    $295