This is a nice accessory for your early lighting collection. It is an early candle wick trimmer and candle snuffer. It rests on three small feet. It dates to the 1800’s.
It is in good vintage condition. It is intact and in working order and there is a fair amount of spring left in its working mechanism. Please look the pictures over carefully.
The trimmer/snuffer measures approximately 7” long by 2 1/4” at its widest point and is 1 3/4” high.
Early wick-trimmers are shaped like a pair of scissors with the base and sides of a box attached to one blade, and a flat cover for the box attached to the other. The scissors are to trim a candle’s wick, and the box is for collecting the remains (the ‘snuff’). If a candle’s wick gets too long, the charred end impedes burning, making the flame dim and smoky.
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19th Century Candle Wick Trimmer and Snuffer