Dutch Brass Heemskerk Candlesticks
Presented here, a closely matched pair of early 18th Century heavy Dutch Brass "Heemskerk" Candlesticks with domed bases, mid-drip pan and tulip shaped candle sockets with one small round "pricket hole" for extracting the candle stump. Four piece construction, secured by a long spigot which passes through the casting. Note the prominent "Acorn Turnings" below the large drip pan. Size is 8" tall, the condition is very fine and they are of a nice heavy weight.
These robust and stable Heemskerk Candlesticks with their distinctly recognizable shape, enjoyed immense favor in the Low Countries as well as England for many years, undergoing minor transitional changes and construction techniques over the years, but within certain license which the makers permitted themselves, the Heemskerk forms seldom, if ever, trespassed outside the shapes of their particular period.
For the full history of the Heemskerk Candlestick see John Caspall, Making Fire & Light in the home pre-1820 (Antique Collectors Club, 2000), p. 90-92.