|A collection of Candle Wick Snuffers. P.S. These shelves are great for displaying small collections and we found this shelf at Country Woods- Foote Avenue, Jamestown NY.|
A candle wick snuffer was an essential item in the Early American home. Prior to the 20th century wicks were made of cotton and were not self-snuffing as they are today. These tools allowed the user to trim the wick of a candle. The box at the end allowed for smoke to be captured. The larger lip on the candle would catch the cut wick.
|Also known as an Extinguisher|
Since they were used often they were ornately made. Snuffers usually have legs on which to stand. They were placed upon the table to decorate and be useful. Some were accompanied with a small dish as well.
|Sometimes called a “Douter” for do out the candle.|
|Here’s a candle with a scissor and stand together.|
|This one is from my collection.|
|The matching set is from my mom’s collection. Thankfully my mom likes to share.|
If you check out ebay the going rate as of today is $4.99 for your run of the mill snuffer to $150.00 for copper ones with a matching tray. They’re a small little piece to snatch up for beginners or avid collectors. Many of the pieces seen in the post were from local antique shops and also from New England. Go out hunting and see if you can find a pair of candle wick snuffer’s you can’t live with out.