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Wick burner

Description:

Candlelight was predominantly used throughout the Victorian period for most ordinary activities, such as dining and playing cards, as well as cooking. During the early part of the period, most candles were made from animal fat, although more expensive whale oil and beeswax were also used. By the end of the nineteenth century the modern paraffin wax candle was most commonly used.

 

Wick burners provided an alternative to candles and were popular in the nineteenth and twentieth centuries. The wick spiralled around a central brass rod and was held in place by the pincers.

Materials/Media:
copper alloy, cotton, wax
Dimensions:
height 105mm, diameter (base) 76mm
Source:
Dumfries Museum & Camera Obscura
Accession number:
DUMFM:0207.118
Digital Number:
DMDM081n
Copyright:
Dumfries & Galloway Council