Pair of Square-based Brass Candlesticks With Slide Ejectors
Pair of Square-based Brass Candlesticks With Slide Ejectors

Pair of Square-based Brass Candlesticks With Slide Ejectors

c. 1710 to 1715 England

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With a single large central knop. Both equipped with a slide ejector – a push-up system which moves the stump of the candle upwards. The development of large bore tubular castings permitted a disc platform to be raised and lowered using a thumbpiece which protrudes through a vertical slot in the stem of the candle. This provides a swift way of ejecting the candle stub; allows the height of the candle to be regulated; and allows the candle to be burned below the socket level – right to the end.

This pair of candlesticks both have a trefoil shaped protrusion which forms the elevating thumbpiece of the slide ejector, and John Caspall explains that this trefoil shape is ‘an early eighteenth century introduction’ (John Caspall, 'Fire and Light in the home pre-1820' (Antique Collectors’ Club, 2000). Caspall dates a similar candlestick, in Figure 216, to c.1710-20.
Bibliography: A comparative pair of sheet-brass candlesticks, both holding push-up ejection mechanisms in the stems but with circular bases, can be found in Eloy Koldeweij, 'The English Candlestick: 1425-1925', Christie’s, 2001, Cat. 150, p. 161.

There are also a number of pairs of similar English ejector candlesticks, with a variety of different bases dated 1710-1715 in Rupert Gentle, Belinda Gentle and Rachael Field, 'Domestic Metalwork: 1640-1820', Antique Collectors’ Club, 1994, p. 133, plates 40, 41 and 43.
Height 20.50 cm (8.07 inches)
Width 10.00 cm (3.94 inches)
Depth 10.00 cm (3.94 inches)
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Thomas Coulborn & Sons

Thomas Coulborn & Sons
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