Halsey Munson Americana
2707 Twin Oaks Court
Decatur, Illinois 62526
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Ca. 1740 Wood and Iron Carved Rushlight
Unique 18th C. turned wood and wrought iron rush light on a chip-carved rootwork tripod base. The jaws of the wrapped charcoal iron section are spring-driven and the overlap of the cone-form iron socket is secured with a roseheaded rivet and topped by a serpentine finial. The wooden sections retain their original vegetable stained surface and one leg is incised with the christogram, “IHS” (In Hoc Signo) surmounted by a cross, a symbol dating to the 14th C. and used later in France and England as a powerful protective talisman. Chips, shrinkage cracks. Either England or France, possibly for export. Ca. 1740-1800. 23” H.