Antique French Brass Candlewick Trimmers




Antique French brass candlewick trimmer and scissors. No maker's mark. Some lights scuffs, wear.


6.75ʺW × 2.25ʺD × 1.75ʺH
Excellent Minor wear consistent with age and history


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Chairish A. in Sherman Oaks, CA

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  • "I tell them if they can figure it out then they are a better man than I. Good luck in your quest to determine the purpose of this intriguing little device!"

    June 10, 2016, 1:49 p.m.

  • "I purchased one of these when I was in Italy, as a curiosity. No one, even the dealer, has been able to figure out just how it works. There is no sharp blade. Mine has two of what looks to be scissors blades, but they are curved to about the size of a candle, just an arc. The little box appears to be meant to have some utility, but what it is meant to do is not readily apparent. All of my guests pick it up (from a small table just outside the guest room door), and invariably ask what it is."

    June 10, 2016, 1:47 p.m.