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Antique ca. 17th Century Brass Capstan Candlestick Holder North West Europe

  • $ 277.77

Description: A beautiful antique brass capstan candlestick having a wide round base topped by a flat disk or catch tray having a domed center. There is a cylindrical cup or socket where the candle would fit in the center of the catch tray. The socket has two rectangular openings on both sides where the candle would fit. The candle holder cup has a shaped rim and raised portion in the bottom below the rectangular openings. This candle shape was very common in the 1500s and 1600s in North West Europe (most likely the Netherlands). See example No. 45 in Christopher Bangs "The Lear Collection-A Study of Copper-Alloy Socket Candlesticks A.D. 200-1700" by King's Hill Publications of Easton, PA, 1995, for a similar example. The candlestick holder is in fair condition after being around for about 400 years. A beautiful brass capstan basic form candlestick to add to your collection. Please carefully review the photos presented as they are part and parcel of our description.

Date: Unknown but we believe it is from the early to mid 1600s (early to mid 17th century).

Origin: Purchased at an estate auction in Southeastern Pennsylvania. We believe the candlestick is continental in origin, possibly Dutch.

Size: The piece measures ~4 3/4" high with the base measuring ~4 7/8" in diameter. The opening where the candle would fit is ~7/8" in diameter on the inside and is ~1 1/2" deep. The candlestick weighs about one pound.

Maker: Unknown.

Marks: Unmarked.

Distinguishing Characteristics - Most Interesting About The Piece: A nice old basic form capstan candlestick holder in fairly good condition with a great look. A great piece to add to your collection of antique Brass Socket candlesticks.

Condition: The candlestick holder is in fairly good used condition. It has no breaks or repairs, and appears to be all original. It does have a small crack at the top of the candle holding socket (see the first photo). Other than that, it has dings, to the edge of the central tray, some scratches throughout, as well as deformation along the edge of the base and central tray. There is some waxy residue on the central tray and within the socket. There are also some minor stains and soiling, which we believe can be easily cleaned. The flat tray has a couple of scratches to the surface and is tilted to one side. The body of the candlestick shows scratches and what appears to be casting roughness here and there but these are minor and do not distract from the quality or beauty of the piece. The piece is in good used condition. Please see photos for additional condition information.

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