Holt Antiques at
Walsingham Mill
The Old Mill
Cokers Hill
Little Walsingham
NR22 6BN

Purveyors of quality original antique 16th, 17th, 18th and 19th Century oak and country furniture, fine art and decorative period items

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04/01/21 - An Important Update Regarding Coronavirus (Covid-19) - 4th January 2021

Holt Antique Furniture Ltd and its related Companies would like to update you on what's happening at our antiques store “Holt Antiques at Walsingham Mill” with the continued threat of Coronavirus (Covid-19) and now a 3rd National Tier 5 Lockdown.

We must act responsibly during this challenging period, to ensure that the safety and wellbeing of both our staff and customers continues.

With two prior lockdowns in 2020 and non-essential businesses again forced to close from 26th December 2020 into 2021, we have made the difficult decision for our premises to remain CLOSED TO THE GENERAL PUBLIC UNTIL FURTHER NOTICE.

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13/12/20 - We sell more than just furniture!

We are specialists in antique items from the 15thC through to the 19thC, offering an array of period oak and country furniture, portraiture, delftware, treen, wood carvings, sculpture and early metal ware.

We are trading solely from our website at the current time due to the virus outbreak.

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Unusual Late 18th Century Antique Iron "Rat Tail" Candlestick or Rat de Cave Candlestickon an Associated Iron Base

  • Reference : 5259
  • Availability : Available Now
  • Dimensions : Height 10 1/2" approx
  • Price : £295


An usual late 18th Century antique "rat tail" candlestick with functioning rise-and-fall winder. Also known as a rat de cave or courting candlestick.

These candlesticks are usually made with wooden bases. This particular example (after much debate) appears to have been associated to a 19thC blacksmith-made base with drip pan, twisted stem and a raised circular foot. The stem has been peened to the base.

It was tradition for a woman to be courted in years gone by. A tallow candle would be placed in the stick and wound up/down to reveal the wick and a proportion of the candle by the females parent/guardian. Once the candle was lit and, when burnt down to the rim of the candlesconce, it was time to for the gentleman admirer to leave! Hence, the sticks also gaining the name "courting candlestick".

Condition - good as per the images. This would make a lovely addition to anyone's period lighting collection.



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We are a member of the following 3 Professional Institutions:

1. LAPADA (London and Provincial Antique Dealers Association) -  LAPADA is the UK’s largest trade association for professional art & antique dealers (representing approximately 500 UK dealer members). All items are backed by our LAPADA guarantee.


2. CINOA - CINOA is the world association of Art & Antique dealer associations (representing 5000 dealers from 32 associations in 22 countries).


3. The Norfolk & Suffolk Antique Dealers Association.

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