This is a most unusual and fascinating pair of candle holders which can be hung from two prongs that are inside the lid or held in the hand with folding carry handles. Both are marked for MAW London with an arrow, and also have the initials CCB. The holder can be opened at the top to reveal the prongs and also there are two folding doors that open to reveal a central cylinder which can be pulled out via a knurled knob at the bottom to reveal a holder for a candle. There is a residual section of a presumed mica protecting cover for the candle, and this cover has a metal rim at the bottom. One is missing and the other is only partially present. It has been suggested that these may have been used on railways but these being most likely of silverplate appear to be of better quality and possibly were used by medical and nursing personnel. A similar type of item is illustrated in the 1900 Down Bros Catalogue, and such items may have even been used in the Boer War when candle lighting would at times have been a necessity. The condition of these is really very good for age with just a few slight indentations and the aforementioned loss of the candle covers. Despite this, these are an extraordinary find and would be of interest to those who collect lighting, medical and railroad antiques. Closed length 5.5 ins (14cm). Diameter 1.8 ins (4.5cm). Combined weight 520 grams.
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