16 TUBE TIN CANDLE MOLD
In the 18-19th centuries, candles or lamps that burned oil lighted the entire community. Candles were made from bayberry, beeswax, fats or oils derived from whales or animals. Many candles were hand dipped, but in 1700, a few well equipped homes had candle molds. The mold had from one to 72 tin tubes, each with a narrow end. A frame held the tubes upright. A string (wick) was threaded into each tube, and the melted tallow was poured into the mold to harden. The mold gave a uniformity to the candle while saving the time of hand dipping.
We are offering a 16 tube tin antique candle mold with wick holes on the bottom and a carry handle on the back with support bar. The mold stands on a raised pedestal. The gray tin has aged to a wonderful patina. All welds are sound with intact seams. The entire piece is whole -no dents or dings which is exceptional.
The dimensions are 10"T, 11"W, 3"D . This piece shows honest, minor wear and is in excellent condition.