A set of 11 antique German extension candle holders for the Christmas tree, commonly used in the days before electric lighting. The 5 inch candle holders are tin. Three are plain, the rest are painted in lead glaze colors. There is wear to the painted finish as shown. The M shape ends are designed to weave around the tree branches rather than the usual clip type, and were ostensibly long enough to keep the candle flames extended away from the branches above. Eleven antique spiral candles that fit the holders are included.
I sold a 10-piece boxed set of these candle holders several years ago with the original illustrated instructions showing how they could be arranged around the bottom of a birthday cake, in addition to use on the Christmas tree. There was an 1890s patent date and both the box and paperwork stated they were made in Germany. The last photo shows the instruction sheet from that long-gone set - please note that you'll receive the items in the first picture only. This set does not have a box or instructions but it does include candles.