Monday, February 22, 2016

potd - folding pocket candlestick

I'm just putting this out in the shop. I was researching it last week and was very surprised to see one coincidentally  pop up on the Antiques Roadshow.  That one was hallmarked silver made in England in 1875 and the silver expert didn't have a clue what it was. Someone was sure that it was a lace making tool and that her grandmother had one!   It was  actually a copy of a  Japanese  fold up portable candlestick. The one I'm putting out is brass and a bit smaller  but like the silver one is missing the little tray to catch the drips. I think they're often missing because when it's folded up it just sits in the round hole and would be easy to lose. It was invented in 1834 by Tanaka Hisashige a prolific inventor and one of the founders of Toshiba. An interesting addition to a collection of curiosities  - or you could make a new drip tray and take it on camping trips!


  1. A great bit of detective work! So ingenious .

  2. Hi Pete, not really much detective work on my part to be honest! Takashi already knew what it was and who invented it. It is very clever.