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Sticking Tommys

Sticking Tommys really go way back and were often used to hold the fat lamp (Bette Lamp) up and away from a wooden beam or log wall in the cabin. It got the light up high and also the heat and flame away from the very flamable beam or wall. They were generally hand forged and made by the local smitty and were very common every day items in colonial America. The early ones were just simple spikes and other later ones had a top hook and a candle holder and were used mostly by hard rock miners. They would hook the Tommy onto their soft caps so that they had light while walking through the mind.


Sticking Tommy

During the great California Gold Rush and before there was coal oil, kerosene or carbide there was only candlelight. This is a "Sticking Tommy" candlestick. It is wrought iron, made by a blacksmith, dates to around 1850 and is about 10 inches long and 3 inches high. These were used during the early days of hard rock mining. The curved hook at the center was used to "stick" the Tommy onto one's hat. Before hard hats, miners wore soft hats, they were somewhat similar to todays baseball caps only with much shorter beaks. The Tommy could easily be stuck into the hat and then provide arm free lighting while the miner carried his tools and walked to the work site within the mind. Once at his destination within the mind he could then remove the Tommy from his hat and stick it into a timber at the place he was working to provide specific light at the work site.

$125.00

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California Gold Rush Folk Art Gold Scales

This is a folk art gold scale and weights from the California gold rush days. It comes in its original wooden box which is approximately 7 inches long, 3 inches wide and 1.5 inches high. The inside box lid has a wonderfully decorated (hand painted) country scene featuring salt box homes, trees, grass, rolling hills and a human and deer figures. There is a little wear and some scratches but the colors are still vibrant.

The scale is in tact and working. There is a piece of wood that can be arranged and supported by the box lid so as to hold the balance or one can simply hold it by hand. There are six original weights, nothing fancy, but pretty typical of what was used at the time.

$145.00

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Colonial Sticking Tommy

This little sticking Tommy wasn't used in hard rock mining like most. It is a much earlier, utilitarian and once popular candlestick used for in home lighting during American colonial days up and through the Civil War. It features a lead candle holder with two cast iron spikes at a 90 degree angle to each other. It could be vertically stuck into a railing, post or table or it could be horizontally stuck into a wall or timber posts and thus provide lighting whenever and wherever desired. It is approximately 5 inches tall and 3.25 inches wide.

$225.00

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