Candlestick (Period)

Candlestick (Period)

A candlestick is a cupped or spiked metal holder for a candle.  It’s a period charge, found in the arms of Kyle, 1542 [Lindsay], and of the Worshipful Company of Founders, 1590 [Bromley & Child 99].

The default candlestick is an ornate column, spiked on top; it is palewise by default.  If a candle is mounted in the candlestick, the fact is explicitly blazoned.

Menorah (Accepted); flat candlestick (Accepted)

Menorah (Accepted); flat candlestick (Accepted)

Of variant forms of candlestick, there is the “candelabrum”, a multi-armed candlestick, found in the arms of von Krage, 1605 [Siebmacher 151].  The number of arms is frequently blazoned, especially when five or fewer; three arms seem most common.  If the candelabrum has seven or nine arms, it may also be blazoned a “menorah”, used in some Jewish ceremonies; the illustration shows a period form with seven arms, but both forms have been registered.  The “morter” or “mortcour” is a mortuary candlestick, highly ornamented, for use at funerals; it’s found in the arms of the Worshipful Company of Wax Chandlers, 1484 [Bromley & Child 259].  Finally, Society armory has the “flat candlestick” or “sconce”, a shallow dish with a handle.

Gilraen of Regen bears:  Vert, a candle and candlestick flamant Or.

Louise of Woodsholme bears:  Per fess embattled gules and erminois, in base a candle argent in a flat candlestick sable, enflamed proper.

Uilliam of Bronzehelm bears:  Sable, a three-armed candelabra lit Or.

Edwin the Unwyse bears:  Argent, a menorah sable.

Illuminada Eugenia de Guadalupe y Godoy bears as a badge:  A mortcour Or.

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