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“Le Rat Du Cave” or “cellar rat” candleholder. The wrought iron spiral and wooden based primitive candleholder was so called as these found use primarily in the wine cellars of ancient Burgundy. The cellar rat owes its origins to the candleholder’s hanger hook shaped in the tail-like construction reminiscent of a rat’s tail. In addition, the government inspectors who visited the cellars were known as cellar rats! The hook hangs from the wine barrel and in addition to providing light it was often used to “candle the bottle” to determine if the wine had gone bad. France, Ca. 1880.
Le Rat Du Cave candleholder (C1262).
Dimensions: 6.5” H x 10.5” W x 5” D.
Shipping: $8, in addition to the order-level shipping schedule.
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