A toleware Candlestick that packs down to form a box for travel.
With the lid open, the hinged candle sconce will stand up. The lid is split with the smaller part hinged to the larger so that the top can be closed with the candle upright for use. With the lid closed, a handle is formed to allow you to carry the candlestick. The interior of the box has a space for a spare candle and a divided section to the opposite end of the sconce to take vestas, some of which remain. A serrated striker edge to one end of the box is for lighting the matches. The tin is decorated with a mottled gold colour which has faded over time from a faux tortoiseshell, which can be seen to the base of the box and the inside lip, both areas that received less exposure.
The box is stamped Protected No. 10433 to the front and this is probably a registration number which would date it to 1888.
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