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    Posted 7 months ago

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    I just found this candle holder yesterday and I am still searching for more information. The candle holder is overall in good condition. It needs to be cleaned but because I have over-cleaned items in the past I want to search first for some credible ways to do it right.

    Based on the wear on the the candle holder (mostly the loss of what I believe to have been silver plating) I am sure it has some age. It might be even dating back to the beginning of the 1900's, however, I also learned that some of the designs were reproduced later. It would have helped a lot if there would have been a mark but there is nothing.

    I came across one almost identical candle holder (same shape and size, 44 cm) and this one was marked "Kayserzinn", a German company. The difference was that the top part (to catch the dripping wax) was missing, while mine has it.

    In any case, it is a nice useful and decorative item.

    Thanks for looking:)

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    1. Alan2310 Alan2310, 7 months ago
      Hope you are well and safe.
      This piece speak to me as WMF Art nouveau pewter candles holder, very beautiful find you did here.
      WMF Group (formerly known as "Württembergische Metallwarenfabrik") is a German tableware manufacturer, founded in 1853 .
      Here is wiki link

    2. freiheit freiheit, 7 months ago
      Hi Alan, thank you so much for your comment and link. I can see some similarities with WMF, but sadly I think that my candle holder wasn't made by them.
      Just now I found an Italian firm using the old designs to produce new copies of of these wonderful Art Nouveau items:
      The good thing is, that I am now pretty certain that my candle holder was made following a design by Kayserzinn, possibly by Hugo Leven (I am not totally sure of the later). Based on the finishing of the new items, I am also sure that my candle holder hasn't been made recently.
      Unfortunately, I cannot say that my piece is one of the original items produced around the 1900's. I hope to find out more, eventually:)
    3. freiheit freiheit, 7 months ago
      Many thanks for the love,
      Roycroftbooksfromme1, kwqd, and Newfld:)
    4. freiheit freiheit, 7 months ago
      Thank you for loving my candle holder, fortapache, vetraio50, and Alan2310 :)
    5. freiheit freiheit, 7 months ago
      I found this post. The candle holder shown is definitely NOT an original piece because of the numbers on the bottom. I read that all Kayserzinn items had only numbers in the 4000's.
    6. blunderbuss2 blunderbuss2, 7 months ago
      The chrysanthemum sure looks Japanese to me.
    7. freiheit freiheit, 7 months ago
      blunderbuss2, thank you for your comment. I didn't make that connection before:)
    8. freiheit freiheit, 7 months ago
      Thanks so much for loving my candle holder, MALKEY, kivatinitz, and Brunswick :)
    9. freiheit freiheit, 7 months ago
      Many thanks for the love, Vynil33rpm, blunderbuss2, and dlpetersen :)
    10. getthatmonkeyoutofme getthatmonkeyoutofme, 7 months ago
      Is it pewter or so called britannia metal?
    11. freiheit freiheit, 7 months ago
      getthatmonkeyoutofme, that is a very good question. I have seen Internet post of reproduction pieces made of Britannia metal. I can only go by the look of it, but I don't think that my candle holder was made of the same Britannia metal. The surface of my candle holder doesn't look as smooth and silvery shiny and is rather dark grey. Also, mine is made of a very soft metal. I actually bent the top rim back in shape just with my hands.
      Have you ever done "Bleigiessen" on Silvester? It looks more like that. Or like the Bleisoldaten. Also close to Zinn, but a bit darker.
      I wish I knew the answer but it is hard to make an identification based on the Internet in the absence of experience.

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