Sunday, January 30, 2011

Reliquaries? Monstrances? Or just plain 'ol candle holders?

I came across these items, listed as "candle holders" on my local Craigslist.  I'm not certain, but I think they are actually reliquaries?  What do you think?  Any help would, as always, be greatly appreciated!  I apologize for the poor photo quality, I uploaded the photos directly from Craigslist.


  1. Who knows but they are way cool. Why don't I ever see such cool things on my craigslist?

  2. the first one looks like one of the "candle lights" that would fit in front of a car(headlights) (long ago of course...) or even fit on top of those light sticks that hook into a a carriage? but the second one have me confused.
    so now I am unsure about both. they are great though !
    xo Colette ~Afrique du Sud

  3. They DO look like reliquaries! And they're very cool! Dang again Andie! You are the craigslist QUEEN!! Now if I could just get you to do something about enlarging those pictures *winks* Vanna

  4. Vanna, I thought I did? I am going to pick the lanterns up today and I promise to take better photographs!

  5. Those are so awesome and unique! I have never seen anything like them. So I have no clue what they are. Just awesome pieces! Can't wait to see better photos! and what yo udo with them.

  6. you definitely have an artful eye. Wish I could help as I have the artistic ability of a 3 year old. No offense to 3 year olds but you get my jist.
    I have a friend who reminds me of you. She is so good that an antique dealer buys her refinished products at her garage sales to sell in his store.
    She found an old child's dressing table with chair someone was throwing out. Took it to her basement stripped it,repainted it with beautiful flowers and a new skirt and sold it for 275.00
    The best part of the sale was the little girl who wanted it was 10 years old and her parents had her pay for it with her own savings. Now there's a kid with values.

  7. Lisa! LOL!
    I actually decided to work on my "artsy" side when I realized that artists get away with being eccentric!

  8. You go Girl. Richard at

  9. Hello DT: Since you asked, I have taken a gander at these interesting candle-holders. They are outside my area(s) of expertise, so I can't identify what they really are. They do, however, look to me to be from perhaps Latin America (Mexico?) or Italy or Portugal. Could they have been used during religious festivals in village squares, wandering through village streets? Seems plausible to me... Thanks! reggie


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