This bobbin candle holder holds a standard candle. It measures 9 inches tall and the bottom is about 2 5/8 inches wide and the top is 2 1/8 inches wide with a 1/3 inch centre bore. The top is gracefully fluted with incised bands and brass metal bands surround both the top and bottom.
Rescued from old textile mills across North America, this bobbin collected plenty of character over its years of hard use. This bobbin can hold a smaller candle (1/2 inch base), and is available as either lightly refinished or in its original patina.
The original patina varies slightly and includes a painted top in red, green or blue, a few paint smudges, dings from handling and a few cut marks on the spindle from the operator cutting the thread.
These bobbins are available either as-is or drilled for a 7/8 inch standard tapered candle. If you want this as a collector’s item, then you should order it un-drilled and cut the base of your candle to fit the hole in the centre of the bobbin. If you are ordering it as a candle holder, then we will drill a larger hole for you and install a brass insert. Drilling the bobbin will reduce its value as a collector’s item.
No two bobbins are exactly alike, but their variations are what makes them so interesting. If you are purchasing multiple bobbins, we recommend that you purchase the lightly finished version as the patina will be more consistent. Different bobbins may have been handled and stored quite differently and the original patina can vary from light to quite dark. If you order multiple bobbins we will do our best to send you matching ones.
This bobbin candle holder is sold singly but works very well in a set of two or three.