ANCIENT TWO-LIGHT TABLE-TOP ADJUSTABLE LIGHTING STAND
New England, ca. 1700-1740.
Classic form in untouched complex dry original
Just 28 inches tall, so although it could be well positioned on the floor, the small size was designed to provide lighting from a tabletop, desk, or chest.
Owing to its early date, the chipped carved base is made from oak. Oak was not used often after the early 18th century as it was in demand for ship building. The column and candle arm, probably from maple, have hand-cut screw threads to raise and lower the lights, the threads still turning easily.
The lights (candle cups) are made from copper or brass, the patina now very dark with some verdigris. The candle arms have very dark patination and marks from years of scraping off built-up wax. Terrific 3-century condition with inconsequential checks to the candle arm. An authentic pre-Revolution lighting time capsule. Private NH collection. Provenance includes decades ago ROGER BACON.