NOTHING SAYS, “HAPPY HOLIDAYS!” like a candle burning brightly on the mantle. The scented hand-dipped candle bought from an artisan on that lovely trip to Colonial Williamsburg. Or mass-produced Ikea candles, makes no difference. Well, a little, but regardless. Does a candle purify the air? Yes, it does. Air is drawn to the flame, and contaminants within the air are burned. And a burning candle looks nice. A candleholder completes the ambience.
Candleholders with a wide base for stability, room to catch fallen wax, and safely receive matches that may smolder still, these are traits one might desire. Just like a porringer. A recent quest for such a pair led us to the Cambridge Colonial line produced by Oneida.
Oneida? The company started in the mid-1800s, and which made at least half of all flatware purchased in the United States by 1980? Yep, same company. These mid-century pewter candleholders cost about ten bucks for the pair, but try to find a USA-made product of new production. Impossible! Garage-sales, online auctions, thrift stores! These are the battlegrounds on which we fight and win back heirlooms of American culture.