Often times the heirloom furniture and accessories we pass down from generation to generation carry with them a story. It’s a history of where it has been, who’s had it, how it came about and more. Even new Wrought Iron Decor has a deep history as the truly authentic pieces are still made by hand using time honored techniques.
One of the authentic wrought iron items with a deep history is the Wrought Iron Courting Candle Holder.
In the 1600’s to the 1800’s, courting candles were used by the man of the home to set boundaries for his daughter. When the daughter’s suitor came calling, the father lit the candle in a sitting room where the couple conversed. When the candles burnt to the metal at the top of the candle holder, it was time for the suitor to promptly leave. However, the father could change the height of the candle based on how comfortable he felt about the suitor. Also, the father could immediately snuff out the candle or add a second candle depending on what he deemed necessary. The courting candle served as a quiet, yet firm reminder to the suitor to end his date.
Rich or poor, the courting candle was used by fathers from all economic backgrounds. It taught daughters to respect their parents’ judgment. The candle also taught the suitor to defer to the father’s ability to judge a man. Although it may sound like a crazy notion by today’s standards, the courting candle served as an important boundary line in the family and social fabrics.
– Read the complete history of the courting candle here.
– Get your own handmade wrought iron courting candle holder.