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Taper stand owned by Charles Dickens



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DH49, 1956

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This is a taper stand owned by Charles Dickens and stood on his desk in the study of his final home at Gad's Hill Place, Higham, Kent. Taper stands, or rush-light holders, such as this would have been used as cheap and renewable sources of light during the Victorian era. Rush-light holders were designed as a substitute for candlesticks following the introduction of a Candle Tax in 1709. Rushes soaked in animal fat would be secured between the pincer-like holder and lit for a cheap source of light.

Physical description

This taper stand is made from metal and wood. It has a solid circular base with a rod extending from the middle. At the top is a pincer-like holder and a lever.
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