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Iron Rush and Candle Pendant Ratcheting Holder, Gilmonton, NH.....SALE PENDING
Acquired from the Gimonton, NH "Brick House" in the 1960's and said to have been made at the nearby Gilmonton Iron Works, ca. 18th to early 19th century. Blacksmith-worked from stout iron blanks, this remarkable example of lighting was made to hang from beam or hook with sawtooth-adjustable height to raise and lower illumination. The rush holder has hinged jaws to secure rush (or other dried plant material that would be dipped in animal fats and burned for lighting) the supporting arm connected to a candle-socket that not only held wax or animal-fat candles, but also served as a counter-weight to keep the rush from falling out from the other side. Rush gave very little light compared to that from the candle, yet was very inexpensive and quick to make and use. The candle-side reserved for more important neds. Exceptional structural condition, surface, color, and wear. The pivoting mechanism is delightful. Maximum length about 36 inches; ratchets down to about 25 by 9 wide.
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