Antique and vintage brass candlesticks
Antique and vintage brass candlesticks are collectible pieces that can change hands for significant sums at auction and in private sales. Brass candlesticks have been produced for centuries, and the oldest pieces, or those created by a well-known manufacturer, tend to attract the most attention from collectors.
Vintage or antique?
Items produced more than 100 years ago are classed as “antique” according to the 1930 Smoot-Hawley Tariff Act’s definition.
“Vintage” refers to pieces manufactured within the last 100 years and can include items made as recently as the 1980s.
Notable sales of antique and vintage candlesticks
A copper and brass candlestick, designed by US metalworker Charles Eaton in around 1905, made $25,200 at Sotheby’s New York in December 2004, doubling its $12,000 high-end estimate.
An Ottoman Empire brass candlestick, produced in Turkey in around 1500, sold for £72,000 at Sotheby’s London in April 2004.
An Ayyubid Dynasty brass candlestick base, produced in 1225 in today’s Middle East, achieved £38,400 at Sotheby’s London in April 2004.