Candle dipping, candle making is (roughly) and industrial process. It is
unlikely that anyone would heat up a vat of tallow, dip 10 canldles, and
then move on. I doubt that anyone involved in making candles would want a
pretty thing like 1989 to hang the partial candles from. The wax that drips
would be recycled into the vat. 1989 seems to have no provision to catch
the drippings. 1989 (I argue) has a social display function, and is hardly
likely to be a candle dipping rack.
That said, I've no idea what would be displayed and hung from 1989.
OK, wild stab in the dark: I think its a pipe rack for holding those
long-stemmed clay pipes and a jar of tobacco...similar (in the most
general sense) to this: http://tinyurl.com/2blqh7u
According to this site (http://tinyurl.com/2dkuer8 ) the stems of those
pipes run up to about 21 inches...the right size.
Normally, yes, but not always. Google "longstem pipe rack" and you
will see examples of display racks where the pipes are stored stem-
down. And threading a long clay stem down through a hole is
considerably less convenient than just slipping them through a slot.
I googled it and found just one, holding two clay pipes that had never
According to my measurements of Rob's first photo, the diameter of the
holes is about 2.7% of the length of the top. According to my
measurements of Rob's second photo, the top is about 13 inches long.
That indicates that the diameter of the holes is about 0.35". The stems
of some clay pipes would probably fit in the holes, but no clay pipe
stem wold fit through the slots.
Why put legs on a hanging rack? Why put a big bottom shelf 18" below a
spoon rack? If it's to display spoons, shouldn't the holes be along the
long side away from the wall?
When a spoon rack has holes and slots, apparently one slides the handle
through the slot, then turns the spoon 90 degrees. In that case, the
spoons couldn't be wider than 5/8" because that's approximately the
center-to-center spacing of the holes.
If it's for display, why take up space on a dresser or table or shelf?
Why not hang it at the ideal height? However, the large ring suggests
to me that it was intended to be hung up frequently and not left on the
wall like a display rack.
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