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This counter-weighted Christmas tree candleholder was originally owned by Katherine and Albert Stehwir, who emigrated from Germany in 1879 to a farm near Midland, Kansas. The wire beneath the candle hooked over a tree branch and held the candle straight by means of the counterbalancing weight below. The weights were often clay (like this example) and painted in festive colors.
Date: between 1870 and 1900
Item Number: 209954
KSHS Identifier: 1989.77.1
Collections - Museum
Date - 1870s
Date - 1880s
Date - 1890s
Home and Family - Family parties and reunions - Holidays - Christmas
Objects and Artifacts - Communication Artifacts - Commercial Decorative Art - Ornament - Christmas tree
Places - Counties - Douglas
Type of Material - Objects and Artifacts