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Rush holder

Object Number: 
19th Century
Iron, wood
Overall: 10 x 2 1/2 in. (25.4 x 6.4 cm)
Wrought iron rush holder; scissor-like mechanism with short curved handle and long straight end inserted into bell-shaped wood block.
Gallery Label: 

A rushlight consisted of rush stripped of its outer skin and dried, then saturated in hot grease or fat and burned for light.

Credit Line: 
Gift in memory of Ruth S. Susswein and Rita S. Gottesman
Due to ongoing research, information about this object is subject to change.
Creative: Tronvig Group