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Object ID # 1956.009.003
Object Name Trimmer, Wick
Title Wick Trimmers
Lexicon category 2: Building Furnishings
Place of Origin Unknown
Description One metal pair of wick trimmers. It is a scissor-like item, with two finger loops. The one blade is pointed, while the other blade is blunt and widely-shaped.
Provenance Previously owned by Melba Croft (neƩ Morris), b. 1909 d. 2007. She spent her girlhood in Owen Sound, Ontario, where her parents, Rev. & Mrs. Morris resided. The family moved away at some point, but later on in life, Melba and her brother, Dr. Morris, returned to Owen Sound during their working careers. Melba was a Registered Nurse. In Owen Sound, she became quite interested in recording local history, and collected various vintage items to help assist the local museum project. Therefore, we do not know if this was a family heirloom, or something someone gave her at some point.
Collection Household Equipment, 19th-c Collection
Material Metal
Found Owen Sound, Grey County
People Croft, Melba
Function For trimming off the charred wicks of tallow candles. This item is likely from the 19th-century, when candlelighting was prevalent.