Taper stand owned by Charles Dickens
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.
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.