‘C’ Is for Candlestick

‘C’ is for Candlestick

Candlestick. A candlestick is a device to hold a candle in place. Although electric lighting has phased out candles in many parts of the world, candlesticks and candelabra are still used in some homes as a decorative element or to add atmosphere on special occasions. Before the proliferation of electricity services, candles were brought into the bedroom using chambersticks, which were shorter than ordinary candleholders and furnished with a wide pan to catch the wax drippings.

“Ah! Here you are!” he exclaimed looking at Jean Valjean. “I am glad to see you. Well, but how is this? I gave you the candlesticks too, which are of silver like the rest, and for which you can certainly get two hundred francs. Why did you not carry them away with your forks and spoons?”

Victor Hugo, Les Misérables

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