Pair of marked Palmer and Co. London patented brass candlesticks ca. 1830s to 1850s.
Both candlesticks have the Palmer and Co. brass applied shields, which read: PALMER & CO. MAKERS LONDON FOR THE METALLIC WICK CANDLES. The "metallic wick candle" was patented in 1832, so presumably these candlesticks were made some time around then or possibly as late as the 1850s. I could not find anything on the web that shows the actual metallic wick candle. The top of the candlestick is spring loaded, so presumably the metallic wick fitted in and was held by the spring action.
The candlesticks are beautifully made, with elegant petal bases and nicely molded handles. One candlestick has a cap that covers the spring loaded top piece, this cap is missing on the other one. Both candlesticks have a round piece near the top that would have held a glass chimney. Other than the missing cap, both are in excellent condition.
9" tall, 4" diameter base.
Rare to find one of these, a pair is really an unusual find.
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