Branford House Antiques
A Historic 1850s Farmhouse on a Scenic Vermont Dairy Farm

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.

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.


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