Metalliset kynttiläsakset, patinoituneet, Nizza
Kunto: Erinomainen ikäisekseen
Muuta: iästä ei tarkkaa tietoa, mutta oletettavasti käytetty erityisesti öljylamppujen aikaan.
Do you know what wick trimmers are? Probably your great-grandmother had one or more pairs of them and used them daily. They are a kind of special scissors whose purpose is to trim the wicks on candles and especially on kerosene and other oil lamps, making them a short length that would burn cleanly. The wicks of most old candles and all lamp wicks needed a bit of tending after each burning, and a tool was used to trim and clean away the litter.
Open flames were the main sources of light during nighttime until the early 20th century. After flames burned for many hours, old light fixtures created long messy used wicks, and properly trimming those wicks was a serious job. In big houses, one person’s daily task would be to go from room to room to trim the wicks of both used candles and any oil lamps. Later, when relit, trimmed wicks of the proper length would burn without smoke or excess flame. Also, portions of used wicks are very sooty and must be disposed of properly to avoid stains and mess.
… type of trimmer is more like a pair of scissors with an extra part. It lacks feet but has a tiny tray (a half dish) next to the snipping blade that captures the part of hot wick that was trimmed off. Such trimmers are particularly suited to cutting through the thicker wicks on oil lamps, such as on kerosene lights, by keeping the hot threads on the small tray. In places where flammables such as straw abound, preventing fires is an urgent concern.
Lähde: Herald Times https://eu.heraldtimesonline.com/story/lifestyle/home-garden/2020/11/06/vintage-wick-trimmers/116041142/