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Wrought Iron Courting Candle


Wrought Iron
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Early American legend speaks of a spiral-shaped candleholder, forged of wrought iron that was used to determine how long a suitor was allowed to visit. A young woman's father would set the candle to a particular height, by rotating the wooden piece or "slide". The slide has a protruding peg which twists and moves the candle up and down using the spaces between the coils of the spiral. When the candle had burned down to the level of the top of the candleholder, it meant that the suitor's time was done; and it was time for him to leave. If a certain suitor was not a favorable candidate for his daughter...the candle could be adjusted by the father to a lower height in the candleholder, meaning it would burn more quickly. A suitor who was considered acceptable, would have the candle located in a position that was higher within the wrought iron spirals of the candleholder.
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