Offered is a pair of antique wood candlesticks made from the brass plume socket of a U.S. Cavalry helmet. This is a unique find for collectors of U.S. Cavalry items. The maker rightly calls these candle sticks ' a useful curio '. The pair of candlesticks was made with the plume holder of a late 1800's cavalry helmet. The brass plume socket features an American Eagle with a traditional shield and a cluster of oak leaves. One of the candlesticks has a paper label telling the story and it pictures the helmet. Fragments of the label are missing but it is easy to fill in the blanks. It reads: ' This Candle Stick is made from.....et Plume Socket (as shown on above cut) sty...worn by Officers and Privates of the U.S. Army...70 to 1890. By mounting this Plume Socket on a mahogany base, with a small cup at the top to hold candle, and being connected together with a steel rod, makes a very ornamental and useful curio . '
Of course, these are wonderful candlesticks for a lighting collector as well!
They date c. 1900 and are in excellent condition with no restoration.
Dimensions, One stick is 6 inches tall, the other is 6 ¼ inches tall. The bases measure 4 inches in diameter.