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    Posted 2 years ago

    jscott0363
    (472 items)

    Hello everyone!!
    I found these unique candlesticks, by Arthur Court Designs, at the same antique show that I found the Tiddledy Winks game at. The vendor didn't know anything about them and I managed to get these for $25. They were issued in 1977 by Arthur Court Designs and referred to as "Handstandles". They released these handstandles in the form of a Rabbit, Lion, Frog, Monkey and a Dog. As you can see, I have all except for the dog. If I locate the dog handstandle I'll add it to this set. They're solid bronze, but I'm not sure what type of wood the ball is made from. These are all marked on the bottom with the Arthur Court Designs hallmark.

    A BIG thank you to our CW friend kwqd for finding that these are called "Handstandles" and not candlesticks. Thank you kwqd!!!!

    Thanks for stopping in for a look!!!
    Scott

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    Comments

    1. Newfld Newfld, 2 years ago
      These animal candlesticks are just wonderful, I love the upside down poses & balancing ball at their feet - a super addition to your terrific collection Scott!
    2. Mrstyndall Mrstyndall, 2 years ago
      What a cute set!
    3. jscott0363 jscott0363, 2 years ago
      Thanks Jenni!! I love these, but of course my favorite one is the rabbit.
    4. jscott0363 jscott0363, 2 years ago
      Thank you Mrstyndall!!
    5. jscott0363 jscott0363, 2 years ago
      Thank you all for the loves, comments and for stopping by!!!
      Adele
      Jenni
      TimeTraveller
      fortapache
      Mary
      hunterglee
      aura
      Kevin
      and
      SEAN
    6. kwqd kwqd, 2 years ago
      Very nice. I do a headstand and handstand every day as part of my yoga practice so these are inspiring.

      Arthur Court put out a large coffee table book with many of his designs in it. I have the book. It is very interesting. I'll take a look and see if these are in the book and if there is a model number, etc., associated with them. Maybe it will help you find the dog.
    7. kwqd kwqd, 2 years ago
      I found these in "Arthur Court Designs: 35 years of Innovation", page 71. ISBN 0-9673678-0-8, 1999. The book says they are bronze, not brass. Circa 1975. They are called "handstandles". No model number listed. It does not say what the balls are made of, but the overall description of this series mentions that hand turned wood was used in some pieces. It doesn't say what kind of wood. This section is more of a philosophical discussion of design principles by Court, not a technical description. That is the way a lot of the book is. Handstandles are not listed in the index, I had to page through the book to find them. That has been my experience with other pieces in the book.
    8. fortapache fortapache, 2 years ago
      They are indeed unusual and very neat.
    9. jscott0363 jscott0363, 2 years ago
      kwqd,
      Thank you so VERY much for the wonderful information. So kind of you to look these up for me. I'll make the change in the description from candlesticks to hanstandles and from brass to bronze. Very much appreciated!!!
    10. jscott0363 jscott0363, 2 years ago
      Thanks fortapache!!
    11. jscott0363 jscott0363, 2 years ago
      Thanks very much for the loves, comments and for stopping by!!

      kwqd (Thanks for the wonderful info)
      Celiene
      and
      Thomas
    12. PhilDMorris PhilDMorris, 2 years ago
      What kind of fantasy world do you live in ? These are unbelievably wonderful !~
    13. jscott0363 jscott0363, 2 years ago
      Thanks Phil!!
      The seller had no idea what they had when they sold these to me. I knew they were Arthur Court, but not much else. I've since learned much more about these, thanks to our friend kwqd. I do know that these sell for far more than $25, but priceless to me.
    14. jscott0363 jscott0363, 2 years ago
      Thank you all for the loves, comments and for stopping by!!
      Phil
      truthordare
      and
      Mike
    15. fhrjr2 fhrjr2, 2 years ago
      Difficult to be sure with the lighting in the pictures but I might say the wood is Cocobolo. Years ago Cocobolo was commonly used in such items. The wood is tight grained and easy to work with and holds a finish well as well as being durable. Cocobolo is part of the Rosewood family which displays different colors from the same piece depending on how it is cut and finished.
    16. jscott0363 jscott0363, 2 years ago
      Thanks fhrjr2!
    17. jscott0363 jscott0363, 2 years ago
      Thank you all for the loves and for stopping by!!
      SEAN
      Mani
      fhrjr2
      mcheconi
      and
      MrsTyndall
    18. jscott0363 jscott0363, 2 years ago
      Thank you Bitsnbobs123 for the love and for taking the time to stop in!!

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