From Drafts May 2013:
Have you ever seen or heard about these candles?
We saw them in a store and thought they were just to funny...
But at one time they were the real deal.
|These candles sold for $29-$39|
|This sign hanging with the candles.|
Here is a bit of history behind the courting candle:
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.
Here are few different styles of courting candles.....
I really enjoyed learning about the courting candle, isn't history just fascinating? And for those enquiring minds, NO we didn't buy a courting candle :) We just found them very unique,
we actually own a candle holder much like the one in the middle picture...
It's very old and was passed down to us from Arthur's aunt.
You never know it could have been a courting candle :)