I borrowed the candle stand as a 'pattern'...commissioned hubby to make me a few...and went in search of the old glass insulators. We struck a 'gold mine' along an abandoned telegraph line...and came home with a box of insulators.
From the 1850's until about 1960, insulators were manufactured by several companies...exclusively for telegraph lines. They protected the wires from the extremes of the weather...and held the lines in place on the poles. They vary in size, shape and colour...
...some with an antique bubbled rim. I rather like the green glass ones...and won't be parting with those anytime soon.With time we changed 'the pattern'...and the next batch of candle holders looked more like this. The insulators are the perfect size to hold a tea light...or a votive. Over the years we have given away dozens as gifts. If you are a friend or relative...you likely have one sitting on a shelf! My box of insulators is almost empty...it's time to go hunting again. I have also given away most of my candle stands in stock...it's time to commission the welder once more.
At this time of the year...I pull out all my candle stands and enjoy a touch from the past...while lighting the present.