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    Posted 5 months ago

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    I searched until I was blue in the face. Never found an implement that came close to matching these. They can't be a "one off" because there are two variations of design ~ but both with a different style clamp that, at rest, measures approx 3/4" diameter. Each has a hook that rises from the base of the clamp. Each has a looped handle and a skewer looking somewhat like the pointed end of a bayonet. Could be for meat? I'm stumped. These measure 10.5 inches in length and have no foundry or maker's marks. I know others must exist out there - can you help identify these? Thanks! Sunnyjim

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    1. dav2no1 dav2no1, 5 months ago
      Miner’s candle holder

      "Miners usually carried three candles. Two
      were kept in his bootleg, and the third was
      used in a glass lantern while carried
      through drafty mine shafts. At his work
      station, the miner took the candle from
      the lantern and inserted it into a wroughtiron
      holder just like the one pictured. The
      holder was then inserted spike-end first
      into the rock face or a nearby timber. The
      candle maker at each mine was called the
      chandler. The miner’s three candles
      provided about ten hours of light.
      Sometimes miners hung their lunch
      buckets over the candle flame on the wall
      to keep their lunches hot."
    2. dav2no1 dav2no1, 5 months ago
      Here's the link with that info..
    3. sunnyjim sunnyjim, 5 months ago
      Wow! Thank you dav2no1 !! I knew someone must have the answer! Mystery revealed. Really appreciate your help and I can pronounce this "SOLVED".

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