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Standing Wrought Iron candleholder with Wooden X-Base

In the world of truly early lighting, this is a fairly rare piece. It’s what lighting scholar John Caspall termed a “corner standard rushnip.” He was referring to 18th English lighting used to illuminate dark corners in traditionally under-lit homes. But this combination rushlight and candleholder has a spoke shaved white pine shaft standing on an X-form base of American white oak. 32” high and 15” across the base. The wrought iron element has a twistwork passage in the stem and the rushlight’s jaws are counterweighted by a pivoting arm that terminates in a wrapped cone candle socket. Conservatively, ca. 1750-1800, found in Cornish, ME, and probably American.