Forged Iron and Brass Primitive Rushlight Early 19th C
The rushlight holder is blacksmith made with a brass base. It has a counterweight which terminates in a brass acorn finial (very unusual). The rush, sometimes called the 'poor man's candle', was made from the common meadow rush. The peeled stripped rush was dipped in tallow many times and when dry burned in the holder at a 45 degree angle.
Approximate Dimensions: Height 8 1/2”.
Condition: As found. Minor dents in the base as expected from age & use.
Reference: Caspall, 'Making Fire & Light in the Home Pre 1820' p.184