Wednesday, January 11, 2017

ANTIQUES: An Ancient Boat Lighting System

Have you ever seen anything like this? This strange item was found by a fish dragger working the Bay of Fundy bottom in the vicinity of West Isles, Charlotte County, NB. It consists of a large circular wax candle held in a leather and metal device that allows the candle to be hung up for illumination.
We assume this was used in an old fishing boat or, perhaps, something more ancient. So far we have been unable to find any similar objects. An origin and date are equally elusive.
Please. Let us know if you have any ideas about this unique find.