Antique Hogscraper Candlestick with Early Style Candle
Hog Scraper Candlesticks were made in England in the 18th century and the blacksmith performed a similar task in this country by first using iron not tin. Most of these examples did not survive. Some of the tin scrapers were made from 1790 to 1830 when tin began to replace wrought iron and did survive. More of these candlesticks were also being produced after the Revolutionary War as we were able to fashion more of our own goods at that time.
These candlesticks reference an era of early American life and could be considered a dual purpose item. The sharp edge on the bottom may have been used to scrape the bristles from a hog. In addition the tab or hook located at the top, sufficed to hang this candlestick from the edge of a shelf or a chair when light was needed for reading or working in the evening. Charred spots often appeared on old slat back chairs when used in this manor and was a risky business.
This nice piece of rare, early lighting has more of a high end look because of the scalloped tab used to push the candle up, compared to the simple unadorned tab that is most commonly found. The patina is rich and consistent throughout and this candlestick does not seem to have any pitting or rough areas either. The fabulous beeswax candle is also included and has such a pleasing and appropriate early look!
Image 3 reflects a screw located at the bottom inside the tube which is secured by an outside washer. The chair tab is nonexistent. Push up works freely and the condition is very good. You can never have too many of these wonderful candlesticks dotting the landscape of every room in our homestead! Whether displayed alone by a stack of old books gracing a candle stand or grouped together on a mantle, you just can't miss as charm and soft light will surely enhance any delightful space of your choosing.
Candlestick measures 6 1/2" tall with a 4" diameter base.
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