Dating antique brass candlesticks
Much of what they used for candlesticks was imported, and brass appears to have been the most popular material among the early settlers.Depending on the age of your collection, you should know that little brassware was produced in the country before the mid-18th Century; thus, the candlestick’s material would be one clue to age.
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Then, following the turn of the century (the year 1800), new techniques were used that allowed the candlestick and its stem to be hollowed out, thus producing a much lighter product.
A major innovation of the early 18th Century was the advent of the pressing machine, which, in effect, allowed mass production of glass stems and bases.
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In the post-Civil War period, the candlestick apparently fell in popularity, giving way to the lamp, which, in turn, also has become popular among Americana collectors.