Pair of turned country adjustable table candle stands in maple.
In our opinion, the set dates to the early 19th century, and was probably made in North America. The pieces are not branded, marked or signed.
Stands like these were used to adjust the heights of candles (and, possibly, fluid lamps to optimize the light for various tasks.
Dimensions: although the two stands are of identical design and appear to have been made to go together, they were made by a craftsman and are slightly different in height (one is 7.5” when fully lowered and the other is 7.75” when fully lowered; raised heights are 10.75” and 11.25” respectively). Otherwise, they share the same measurements: tops, just under 6” in diameter; the bases measure 4.75” in diameter, and each stand weighs about 13 oz, the set totaling one pound, ten ounces.
The tops of the stands are attached to wooden pins about 4.5” long. These are inserted into the hollow uprights of the bases. The height of the stands can be adjusted by sliding the pin up or down inside the upright, and the position set by tightening a turned wooden knob. The screws themselves are made of turned wood, as well.
Condition: sound and well-used. There is wear to the finish on the tops and there are acceptable signs of normal use (small “dings,” some surface residue, and some discolorations). There is a split in one end of the upright of one stand (we include a photo of this), but the piece is still sturdy.
It is not common to find pairs of such stands.
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