A set of 6 antique German extension candle holders for the Christmas tree, commonly used in the days before electric lighting. The 5 inch candle holders are tin, painted in bright lead glaze colors of blue, red, pink, and purple. The M shape ends are designed to weave around the tree branches rather than the usual clip type, and were ostensibly long enough to keep the candle flames extended away from the branches above.
I sold a boxed set of these candle holders a few years ago with the original illustrated instructions showing how they could be arranged around the bottom of a birthday cake. There was an 1890s patent date and both the box and paperwork stated they were made in Germany. This set does not have a box. There is some wear to the painted finish as shown.