This four-branch candleholder likely once hung in the captain's cabin of a whaling ship. The cylindrical center tube tapers towards the slightly domed top which is filled with sand making it heavy and providing stability against the ships motion. Four scrolled arms support candle sockets within dished grease/drip pans. Mounted on 3-inch straight tubular arms are four convex reflectors.
Date: Circa 1780
Measurement: Height: 13.75"; diameter: 20.5"
Material: Tinned sheet iron, hand dipped
Condition: Fine, scattered light surface oxidation as there should be.
Reference: An identical chandelier is shown and discussed in Mary Ellen Gould's book titled Antique Tin and Toleware - Its History and Romance, pages 104 and 105, plate 198; discussed in paragraph under plate 201.