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Object Name Trimmer, Wick
Catalog Number 1993.8.426
Date ca. 1865
Material(s) steel
Dimensions H-5.75 W-1.875 D-1.25 inches
Description This is a scissor-like wick trimmer made out of steel. The bottom edge of the lower blade has a catch basin. Patent information is etched into the cutting blade. The handles have an almost ninety degree turn in them.
Notes There is no provenance on this item other than the donor found them either in a barn or an antique store somewhere in Indiana, Ohio or Kentucky.

William B. Barnard of Waterbury, Connecticut was granted a patent for his wick trimmer, No. 45.574, on Dec 27, 1864.

These wick trimmers are referenced in the Civil War Collector's Encyclopedia by Francis A. Lord published by the Blue & Grey Press on page 168.
Collection George Underhill Collection
Subjects Candles
Scissors & shears
Physical Holder Kentucky Historical Society - KHS