Leuchars Travel Candlestick

Leuchars Travel Candlestick

£370
Maker / Retailer
Reference

82989

A silver plated Travel Candlestick by Leuchars of London.

The design of this portable candlestick is like a slimmed down version of a Doctor's Carriage Lamp which has a glass fronted box to shield the flame and a telescopic column. It may originally have had a reflector or a glass onion bulb shade which would sit on the rim. As the candlestick has a long, folding claw to hook it onto a carriage curtain it must have had something to reduce the fire risk. The candlestick also has a pair of folding spikes to keep the base from tipping back and so the top forward. The candlestick can also be stood on a table with its round base wider than the column.

The base unscrews from the column to allow the candle inside it to be replaced. It sits on top of a spring which forces it up, as the wax melts. The top of the column has a smaller aperture to hold the candle in place. The candlestick has a cap, held by a chain, which acts as a snuffer and protects the wick when not in use. The underside of the base is serrated for striking matches. A carefully hidden match compartment is contained within the base and has a fingernail opening.

The retailer's stamp of Leuchars Piccadilly is marked to the underside of this compartment. Leuchars were established in 1793 at 47 Piccadilly and built up a reputation for selling a variety of good quality items. They are also known for selling a number of luxury items for travel. Circa 1870.

Dimensions:

Height 15.87 cm / 6 "
Width 4.44 cm / 1 "
Depth 4.44 cm / 1 "
Year

Circa 1870.

Medium

Silver Plate

Country

London

Signed

Leuchars Piccadilly

Style

Travel Lighting

EXHIBITIONS
Furnishing The Empire
Condition

Dent to cap. Removable reflector missing.

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