An Early Victorian Carved Oak Candlestick


An early Victorian carved oak candlestick.

An early Victorian carved oak candlestick, the detachable bell metal nozzle fitting into a plain sconce over an inverted flower to an octagonal baluster on a domed base with a centre of stylised leaves, engraved to the nozzle ‘A Relic of York Minster Oak & Bell Metal Burnt May 20, 1840.’

Condition: Overall very good, the nozzle fits snuggly to the sconce, and the piece has good colour and patina. There are minor losses to the base.

York Minster, which was completed in 1472 after many centuries of building and rebuilding (including several fires), emerged as a largely high perpendicular style cathedral having gone through several styles during construction. There have been several fires, notably in 1829, 1840, and most recently in 1984. This candlestick was presumably made (with others) to raise funds to rebuild the damaged parts.

Height = 30 cm (12”)