As a special half-term treat for John, I am showing you my latest candle stick.
You may remember the post which he said was - for a candle stick one - almost interesting. It involved the eBay seller who got all stroppy with me for asking for another photo of it, saying that he might just take it down altogether to prevent me from buying it too cheaply, and I replied by saying that he wouldn't sell it at all if nobody knew what it was.
Well, he eventually relented and put up an extra photo, and that didn't tell me anything more. In the end, I was the only person to bid on it, and he was forced to sell it to me for the start-bid, and he sent it to me all the way from Northern Ireland (snigger).
For political reasons, Royal Mail are obliged to charge the same money for airmailing the heavy little thing as they would if it were just down the road, which I find extremely gratifying. Now that it has arrived, I am still bewildered by it, and I am hoping that there is a secret candle stick expert lurking anonymously amongst my followers who will be able to tell me all about it.
There are certain things that are obvious about it, and other things that give me cause for conjecture.
It is obviously a desk candlestick, and it is obviously no older than about 1890 or so. It is made from cast brass which has been milled into a cannon shape on a lathe, and it is made in two pieces which unscrew at the foot. Because of the shape and it's extreme weight for it's size (it's only about 4 inches high and weighs about 2 pounds) I have a feeling that it is a ship's desk candlestick.
Oil lamps on ships were usually gimballed, so that the flame was always upright as the ship rolled, and many candlesticks and decanters had very wide and flat bottoms, so that they were less likely to overturn in a storm. This stick would be very difficult to overturn, simply because of it's weight in relation to height, and if it were set into a round recess of a wooden desk, it would not slide about either.
Anyone seen one like this before, or any ideas, secret expert?