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Wax jack owned by the Dennis Family

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Subject of
Dennis Farm Charitable Land Trust, American, founded 2001
Medium
britannia metal, silver, beeswax, and cotton (fiber)
Dimensions
H x W (width includes handle): 6 3/4 × 5 1/8 in. (17.1 × 13 cm)
Type
taper jacks
Date
early 19th century
Description
The taper holder is a silver plated piece with three hallmarks or maker's marks pressed into the rim of the saucer/dish base. The center of the dish curves upward to support two curved parabolic prongs which curve out and up before meeting again at the top of the piece where they support a small metal cylinder with a circle cut in its center. A spool of candle wax wound on a thin metal rod with an oval handle is parallel to the base; the wax taper is threaded through the round metal piece at the top. There is a silver handle melded to rim just under the oval handle of the spool which unspools the beeswax taper. A small cone shaped candle-snuffer is attached to the PL prong by a hanging chain.
Topic
African American
Correspondence
Domestic life
Families
United States--History--1783-1815
United States--History--1815-1861
Credit Line
Collection of the Smithsonian National Museum of African American History and Culture, Gift of M. Denise Dennis, in honor of the Dennis Family
Object number
2014.273.1
Rights
No Known Copyright Restrictions
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Classification
Tools and Equipment-Domestic
Data Source
National Museum of African American History and Culture