A fine quality French brass lantern candlestick, the nozzle, made in two halves and of seamed construction, unscrews from the base and this in turn has a separate bobeche.
French circa 1745.
See our stock number 3163 for a very similar lantern candlestick with a C beneath a crown mark. (C for cuivre, or copper, the main component of bronze), a tax mark struck on copper alloy merchandise when sold or resold in France between February 1745 and February 1749.
Drawing on text from Making Fire & Light by John Caspall, it is apparent that socketless lanterns of the 17th and 18th centuries were lighted by a long-burning, tall candle, held by a short candlestick.
These lanterns, bronze framed with four glass sides and a glass base, were for the grand houses of the rich and the candlesticks employed within them were of commensurate quality and now of considerable rarity.
dia:3 7/8 in x h:4 3/8 in