Wednesday, March 24, 2010
History Lesson: Courting Candles
While reading Karen's great blog, Homespun Simplicity, she was sharing her thrift store finds. Among them was a neat candle holder that she had never seen before. Oddly enough, not only do I know what type of candle holder she found, but I had even been planning on blogging about them & had forgotten. Thanks for the reminder, Karen!
What she had found are called "Courting Candles." And these were used by the fathers of girls who were courting in the Colonial days & early 1800s. It was sort of a 'timer' for the courting couple, the young suitor could stay until the candle touched the top of the holder...
If the dad LIKED the young suitor, he would put a long candle in the holder & screw it all the way up to the top - w/the maximum amount of candle showing. That way, the young man could stay the whole time the candle burned. If the father DIDN'T like the young man, he would use a shorter candle w/the holder screwed either further down or (YIKES!) ALL the way down &, once again, the young man would have to leave when the top of the candle burned down to the holder.
I'm sure every young man hoped to see a long candle screwed all the way up!
There's your history lesson for the day! :-)
Blessings from Ohio...Kim<><