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Brass candle spike, Great Cranberry Island, ca. 1850

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This brass candle holder with spikes was recovered from the Preble House property on Great Cranberry Island.

The spike on the candle holder was intended to be stuck into wooden beams. The device is also known as a "tommy sticker" and was developed for use in underground mines. Abigail Hadlock Spurling Preble's son was involved in mining in California and Nevada about 1850 and may have been the source of this candle spike.

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