Posted 3 years ago
These were added to a small collection of this shape a few weeks ago and are by far the most unusual, by reason of their colour.
It's only recently that I've learned that these, and other similar shapes, are neither vases nor candle holders but are in fact life lights. Life lights used oil and a floating wick to make a small, portable lamp. They would have been used in much the same way as a fairy lamp or candle lamp.
The information came from another C.W. contributor, IMASapp, in a link to a 1998 article entitled, 'Christmas Lights and Other Related Candle Lamps', by Lloyd J. Graham.
Height 17.5 cm./7 inches