Antique Candle Snuffers
As you all know, candle light was very important prior to modern times. Having a properly working candle was very important. The wicks weren't that great and the wax was old animal fat.
Candle snuffers were not only used to extinguish the candle, but also for cutting off excess thread.
|Antique Candle Snuffer, from wikipedia, bronze|
The little box on the snuffer was used to catch "the snuffs" aka trimmings.
A snuff pan or dish was than used to lay the greasy snuffers on (remember, the candles were made from animal fat!)
|sterling silver, 1820s, photo from justinteeantiques.com|
|1880s, from liveauctioneers.com|
Another fancy candle snuffer with the tray!
|silver plate candle snuffer with tray, 1850s, photo from omalleyantiques.com|
|Antique chamberstick, sterling silver, 1788, photo from bryandouglas.co.uk|
The paraffin candle was invented around 1825... which meant the wicks didn't smoke and self-consumed. So the scissor snuffer tray combo was abandoned.
However, the "caps" remained. Not only were they made from various metals, but also from porcelain!
|French porcelain candle snuffer, formed like a tulip, 1850. photo from vandekar.com|
|Meissen candle snuffer, 1820s. from ebay.com|
Notice how none of the candle snuffers look like the modern ones we see today? I had a hard time finding when long-handled candle snuffers were produced. They started gaining popularity in the 1940s.
You can pick them up at any home store now.
My favorite new candle snuffer is by Michael Aram, isn't it pretty?
|"Black Orchid" snuffer by Michael Aram|
Using a candle snuffer is very nice...
...you don't blow wax everywhere...
... and the candle doesn't smoke nearly as much...
... so there's more candle aroma left when the candle is out!
Do you have an antique candle snuffer that you use? What about a new one? Please share!
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