It's quite a rare one - an unmistakably English, 1650, trumpet stick which was made at about the same time as Charles the Second initiated the Restoration by jumping on the throne of England, only a little while after the man who banned Christmas was dug up, beheaded and hanged (but not necessarily in that order).
My thoughts were that Christmas - or the run up to it - has to be a good time to sell candlesticks - even to collectors - but I will be sorry to see it slip through my fingers so quickly. Samuel Pepys was writing his diaries when this stick was first in use - think of that. Isaac Walton was still fishing in the Thames, and it was still possible to go into town and watch a traitor being hung, drawn and quartered - something that you would have to go to the Middle East to witness these days.
I am sure I will get another like it one day, but it may be some time. I'd better go and gloat over it before I send it to it's new owner.