Early 19th Century Style Wrought Iron Candle Stand
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This hand wrought iron candle stand, meant for tabletop use, was made to replicate one from the early 1800's. It has a central shaft that comes to a sharply tapered point, The cross arm, adorned with notching along its length, holds two candle cups and is adjustable by means of a friction grip to bring the light closer for reading, sewing, etc. The lower bar, joined by an arch, features two side ending in rat tails that were used to hold a candle snuffer on one and candles joined by their wicks on the other. The shaft is decorated with two shapely knobs and the tripod base ends in penny feet. All the parts are joined by hand hammered rivets and the finish is matte and unlacquered.
The candle stand was probably made in the second half of the twentieth century, when country Americana was popular for decorating as our country's Bicentennial inspired new interest in hand made antiques. Published since 1970, Early American Life Magazine runs their annual Directory of Craftsmen and the category of metal crafters, including blacksmiths, has one of the larger number of members. Hand wrought iron items have always been popular among collectors and decorators.
This stand is in excellent condition with no rust or breaks in the iron. It measures 21 inches tall, 13 inches across the cross arm and the feet are about 7 inches apart. The candle cup openings are 1 1/8 inch in diameter (if your candles are narrower, a bit of tissue wrapped around the bottoms will make them fit just right). The stand weighs almost 2 1/2 pounds and looks great with primitives and country home décor. Early 19th century antique candle stands like this one-when they can be found-cost many hundreds of dollars, but you can get the look for far less.