Pair of "Sticking Tommy" Candle Holders

Pair of "Sticking Tommy" Candle Holders
Product Code: EDGR228
Shipping Weight: 1.00 lbs


1 in stock

Product Description

Wrought Sticking Tommy candle spike (mid to late 19th century) Matching pair of "sticking tommy," candle holders removed from a late 19th century Grand Banks fishing schooner. Rare, surviving artifact retaining a salt encrusted metal surface patina. Measures 4 1/2 inches tall X 3 1/4 inches wide. 


HISTORY: A "sticking Tommy" is an iron candle holder that was used by sailors to "stick" into wooden posts or flat surfaces below decks to provide them with a little extra light. The horizontal spike could be stuck into a vertical post and the vertical spike could be used to stick into the rim of a barrel or another upright object. Because of their shape, they were sometimes used as impromptu weapons during brawls. Description taken from the Martha's Vineyard Museum.

From the Capt. Edward L. Greenwood Maritime Collection