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Circa 1820 – 40
Size: 21cm high, 5.5cm dia. (max) – 8¼ ins high, 2¼ ins dia. (max)
In the 17th and 18th centuries the phrase 'auction by inch of candle' often appears in sale bills. These auctions not only included small goods, but also houses and ships. The purchaser was the last bidder before the candle expired. Samuel Pepys recorded in his diary for 1662 ‘…..observed one man cunninger than the rest that was sure to bid the last man, and to carry it; and inquiring the reason, he told me that just as the flame goes out the smoke descends, which is a thing I never observed before, and by that he do know the instant when to bid last, which is very pretty.’