All the world should burn candlesticks when candlesticks are so beguiling. One man in Chicago has won the title of “candlestick maker.” He makes other things, but people sometimes forget this fact. Lanterns, bowls, lamp-shades, come from his workshop, also door-knockers. If you wish a Jarvie candlestick for a friend, or as an acceptable present for yourself, you can make a journey to the West Side studio, or to the Kalo shop in the Fine Arts Building. You will find an illustrated Greek alphabet—a candlestick alphabet, to be exact. Here is Alpha, a graceful stick in brass, suggesting a high poppy cup; here are Beta and Gamma in copper, brass and bronze verdegrene; Delta, Epsilon, Eta, Iota, Kappa, Theta, and Zeta, in various high and low designs, all attractive in shape and charming in their dull or highly polished surfaces. The Eta is a hand-made saucer-stick, quaint enough to have belonged to some great-grandmother. When a bayberry dip is placed in its socket the old-time atmosphere is complete. Among the interesting revivals of old industries is that of candle dipping. The bay or wax berry is used, and the result is highly successful. The candles or dips are about eight inches long, and of a grayish green. When lighted they produce a flame of a beautiful soft luster. “These candles,” writes an early historian, “are never greasy to the touch, nor melt with lighting in the hottest weather. Neither does the snuff of these ever offend the smell, like that of a tallow candle, but, instead of being disagreeable, if an accident puts a candle out, it yields a pleasant fragrancy to all that are in the rooms, insomuch that nice people often put them out on purpose to have the incense of the expiring Snuff.” Mr. Jarvie's bayberry dips are made by a member of the Hingham Arts-and-Crafts Society. For the Christmas table these old-time candles seem especially appropriate.
Source: The House Beautiful - December 1904