Candlestick, cast brass

Candlestick, cast brass

Candlestick

Cast brass
England; about 1500

This is an early example of an English candlestick. Similar candlesticks have been found in the River Thames in London. The yellowish glow suggests a relatively high zinc content.

Before electricity, lighting one's home was an expensive, time-consuming and smelly business. Candles of beeswax or tallow (animal fat) gave a dim light and needed constant attention. The tallow or wax burned faster than the wick and needed constant trimming. The candle stub of burnt down animal fat or beeswax would have been extracted and melted down to make new candles.