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We have an extensive collection of American candlesticks that must date back more than a few generations. How difficult will they be to date for valuation purposes? Candlesticks are a popular, but sometimes an expensive, collectible. So it's understandable that candlestick collectors dating candlesticks to gather as much related information as possible to enhance resale value. But first, you're going to have to do some homework on this subject, because there weren't a lot of early craftsmen who signed and dated their work to make it easy for today's collectors to tell when the pieces were produced. During the Colonial period, candles were a primary source of light and were widely used by the early settlers. Much of what they used for candlesticks was imported, and brass appears to have been the most popular material among the early settlers.
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Candlesticka receptacle for holding a candle. Dating candlesticks may range in size and complexity from the medieval block of wood holding an iron spike on which the candle is impaled to the huge bronze altar candlesticks of the Italian Renaissance. In the most restricted sense, a candlestick is a utensil for holding one candle, while a candelabrum is a large, standing, branched candlestick for holding several candles. A chandelier is a branched candlestick or lampstand suspended from the ceiling.
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The use of candlesticks is documented since the antique Greek period and the Roman Empire. Candlesticks have been produced in all periods but it is just after the restoration of monarchy that in England survived a sufficient number of pieces dating candlesticks allow scholars to describe in details dating candlesticks evolution in style and shape. During Charles II period around candlesticks were generally made of hammered silver. They were highly ornate and with a square base, but lobed section base examples are also known Figure 1. Plainer designs with fluted stem of square section are also documented at this time. At the end of XVII century candlesticks had lobed or octagonal usually square with cut corners base with gadroon decoration and lobed stem Figure 2. The history of cast candlesticks in England formally begins with the introduction of the Britannia standard for silver wrought plate end of XVII century that attracted the attention of the craftsman to cast work, the softer metal not lending itself to the hammer.
By ElgaKoster, October 28, in Metalwork. I bought this brass candlestick in Dating candlesticks at a charity shop, style wise it reminds me of 17th century candlesticks but I don't think this one is a real antique. So I was wondering, anyone know how to date candlesticks? I know so little about how metal items were made If anyone can tell me more about the techniques used in making the different parts that would be great. I unscrewed it to clean it, the bottom edge of the base is folded in on itself. The hex nut is the part that makes me think this is a reproduction or just based on 17th century style as I don't think hex nuts are that old. Hi Elga, Be careful, collecting these on foreign trips can be addictive.