- Extremely rare wooden pricket
in original paint, circa 18th century. 7 ½" tall
and 2 ¾" wide across base. Has a carved wooden spike
to be inserted in and secure a candle, as opposed to a metal
one. The spike is slightly blunted from use but still is serviceable.
(We understand that the custom in the late 18th and nineteenth
centuries was to use prickets with wooden spikes until they broke
or burned off and then replace them with metal ones). Excellent
Floral decorations done with bold floral paint that we believe
was tempera, which forms a strong bond and resists wear from
use. This piece obviously was treasured and carefully maintained
by its owners, probably over several generations. (CQ-19).
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