Purveyor of Bollocks to the Crowned Heads of Europe
Friday, 13 December 2013
As a special treat for John, here is my latest candle-stick acquisition.
It dates from the late 18th century, has a Bristol Blue Glass column in the base, and takes a tiny candle of only about half an inch in diameter. I love the way that they used Blue glass just for the dark colour, even knowing what a rich, purple blue could be seen when light shines through it - which it never would have.
Set into the bottom of the holder is a tiny pearl button - I don't know why.
Tantalisingly, I know that there is another one out there somewhere, making this one of a very fine pair. I tried to get the buyer to acquire it for me, but he told me that both sticks were bequeathed to a brother and sister, following the death of their grandmother.
They had a massive argument over the splitting up of the estate, and so the sister sold this one just to spite her brother.
So a family has been split up in the same way that these two sticks were, and the end result is that the one stick that I now possess is effectively worth about 4 times less than the pair would have been if kept together. The same could probably said of the brother and sister.
It came from somewhere in Wales, so maybe John could do a bit of detective work for me in the lashings of spare time he has in between feeding the animals, nursing, sitting on committees and manning the telephone for The Samaritans?