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    Posted 12 months ago

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    Found these in a an old tin. They appear to be wax with a wick very similar to a mini candle. I've been told they're a form of an early match but would like confirmation.

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    1. fhrjr2 fhrjr2, 12 months ago
      I doubt they are matches but may have been used to light other candles. I would say these are home made tallow and bees wax candles. I know both the Shakers and Amish made them like this back in the 1800's and early 1900's.
    2. Collectables59 Collectables59, 12 months ago
      Thanks fhrjr2 looks like you're spot on. Neil
    3. fhrjr2 fhrjr2, 12 months ago
      Many long years ago we made these at home. That was when tallow and lard were both free at the butcher shop. We lit other candles with them and also kerosene finger lamps.
    4. Collectables59 Collectables59, 12 months ago
      Brilliant information thank you.
    5. AnythingObscure AnythingObscure, 12 months ago
      Similar (albeit longer, usually 6-10"?) are still available and commonly used as 'inserts' in those candle-lighter/snuffer wand thingies often spotted being carried by somebody near the beginning or end of assorted church services/weddings/etc...

      Just a probably generally useless point of trivia...?? ;-) :-)
    6. Collectables59 Collectables59, 12 months ago
      It all adds to the picture. Thank you AnythingObcure. Neil
    7. Collectables59 Collectables59, 12 months ago
      For the loves I thank you.
      fhrjr2,
      ho2cultcha.
      Vetraio50,
      Broochman,
      AnythingObcure.
      fortapache.,
      Jenni.
      Officialfuel,
      truthordare,
      And blunderbuss2.
    8. Collectables59 Collectables59, 12 months ago
      Many thanks Caperkid for the love. Neil
    9. Collectables59 Collectables59, 12 months ago
      Thanks stuff. Neil

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