A man­ual of the dark art

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Henry writes: “These ex­am­ples led to a daz­zling range of ex­tin­guish­ers be­ing pro­duced in the 40 years from 1860. They were of­ten is­sued as pairs – Punch and Dog Toby; Dif­fi­dence and Con­fi­dence, which were skits on Jenny Lind, the Swedish Nightin­gale; Mr and Mrs Cau­dle and the par­tic­i­pants in the Tich­borne trial, the lawyer Co­leridge and Arthur Or­ton, claimant to the for­tune, who is shown on his butcher’s block.”

In the early days, Tony was able to ac­cess the archives of such man­u­fac­tur­ers as Min­ton, Copeland Spode, Worces­ter, Brontë, Doul­ton, Avalon, and Francesca.

As a re­sult, many pre­vi­ously un­known ex­tin­guish­ers are in­cluded in the new book, as are pho­tographs of rare ex­tin­guish­ers where only black and white images from fac­tory pat­terns book ex­isted.

Oc­ca­sion­ally, rare named ex­am­ples listed in fac­tory records but with no iden­ti­fy­ing draw­ing or pho­to­graph have turned up in col­lec­tions and are now iden­ti­fied cor­rectly through painstak­ing re­search.

Sadly, how­ever, over the years, most man­u­fac­tur­ers have ceased pro­duc­tion of ex­tin­guish­ers or have closed, mak­ing archives vir­tu­ally im­pos­si­ble to ac­cess.

In 1997, a new fac­tory called Brontë Porce­lain launched the first of what was to be a large pro­duc­tion of can­dle ex­tin­guish­ers cov­er­ing a vast ar­ray of sub­jects such as, fairy tale char­ac­ters, his­tor­i­cal fig­ures, politi­cians, TV per­son­al­i­ties, roy­alty and many more.

In­ter­est­ingly, when Henry San­don’s wife Bar­bara saw them, she was struck by their su­pe­rior modelling and paint­ing and sug­gested a new se­ries.

“The first pro­duc­tions were of friends of mine,” Henry writes.

“These led to an in­cred­i­ble se­ries of Alice in Won­der­land char­ac­ters, with a bone china model of the orig­i­nal book, set in a gar­den. The qual­ity of this set harks back to the Meis­sen and Sèvres of the 18th cen­tury.”

Sadly, pro­duc­tion of the ex­tin­guish­ers ceased in 2013 when the Brontë fac­tory was pur­chased by new own­ers who con­sid­ered the in­di­vid­u­ally hand-dec­o­rated nov­el­ties were too costly to pro­duce.

Dis­tin­guished Ex­tin­guish­ers 2 also cov­ers smaller out­lets for ex­tin­guish­ers such as a de­light­ful set of 12 Dick­ens char­ac­ters mar­keted by The Dick­ens House Mu­seum in 1983.

The only ex­tin­guish­ers ever pro­duced by the Royal Doul­ton fac­tory ap­peared in 2003. Eight char­ac­ters from the imag­i­nary vil­lage of Doul­tonville were pro­duced at a very af­ford­able price of £25 each, with one priced at £50 re­served for mem­bers of the Royal Doul­ton Col­lec­tors’ Club.

The Dres­den and Meis­sen fac­to­ries were among the few who re­tained the tra­di­tional con­i­cal shape of metal ex­tin­guish­ers fac­to­ries and these are listed along with pho­tographs of other con­ti­nen­tal ex­am­ples.

Many oth­ers ex­ist and with­out the pres­ence of the fac­tory mark, they will re­main uniden­ti­fied.

An­other aim of the book, how­ever, is to give col­lec­tors the op­por­tu­nity to con­tact the au­thor so that new in­for­ma­tion may be in­cluded in fu­ture re­prints.

Can­dle wick trim­mers, vi­tal for fire pre­ven­tion prior to self-con­sum­ing wicks

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