Candles were expensive to buy in Tudor times so most people used ‘Rushlights'

The central part of a ‘Bullrush',
(usually found growing near rivers),
was dipped in animal fat to make a
thin looking candle

These could then be clamped into the pincer part of this artefact and one or both ends could be lit

Being made of animal fat it had a few drawbacks -

They smelled very bad when burned and mice living in tour house would eat them if you weren't careful


TudorsRushlightHolder

 

The Tudors - Rushlight Holder

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