Purveyor of Bollocks to the Crowned Heads of Europe
Saturday, 16 July 2016
Brass and Glass
I am going to take the weekend off from all the death, destruction and turmoil going on right now. Is there such a thing as 'stress fatigue'?
So what better way to fritter away a Saturday post than to talk about candlesticks? (See you later, John.)
As I packed up and shipped off my collection of eight, 18th century Tavern or Coffee House candlesticks to France the other day, I felt quite a strong twinge of seller's remorse, despite the large profit. I need not have wept for too long though, because a perusal of Ebay unearthed a pair of identical ones which arrived in the post today! Hooray!
The acquisition of this pair has taught me that there are at least two distinct types of these sticks, made to the same design. All the others had solid stems, screwed to the bases, but these have hollow stems which are punched into the bases and sealed with little corks. (Keep up, John. I will be asking questions later.) As I have said before, they must have made hundreds of these sticks, so I suppose it should be no surprise to find ten survivors in the space of a year. It is a bit like when you buy what you think is an unusual car, then seem to spot one a day as you drive around in it. The trouble is that I am duty bound to buy these sticks whenever I see them, so I may end up with another eight by 2017.
The above candlestick is one I have had for a few years, and am currently selling on Ebay (go on, you can afford it, John). It combines my two obsessions in one go - candlesticks and glass. Brass and glass, if you like.
For years - I now understand - I have been slightly obsessed with anything which either gives off light or lets it through. It used to be telescopes and binoculars, but I have now got that one undercontrol. There used to be a dealer in the Saturday Market who said, "Here comes the bloke who wants anything with a lense in it", whenever I turned up.
Now, John - don't you think this would look lovely on your sideboard?