Saturday, 10 October 2015
I purchased the illustrated pair of 'side ejector' English brass candlesticks on eBay. They were delivered on Friday. I nearly didn't get the one on the right, as the lady vendor thought that it was probably unsaleable (in which view I think she is right). However she described it, then on my saying "Yes, please, if only for cannibalising purposes", she went and recovered it from the dustbin in which it was then reposing. The candlesticks date from around 1720, and are both fairly filthy. One as you can see is in quite good condition, the other isn't; it has large holes in the main stem. This is not particularly rare, although as the vendor so nearly did to one of these, the holey one usually gets thrown out. As the price I'd paid for the two would have been a fair price for a single candlestick of this type, I didn't mind too much.
They are not really 'Mystery Objects' , but would anyone care to hazard a guess - Why the difference ?
I do know the answer - it's very simple.