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Ethandun Metal Gifts

Metalwork inspired by the Anglo Saxon period made by self-taught Blacksmith Peter Hailstone at Station Yard, Edington - less than half a mile away from the battle site where Alfred's army defeated Guthrum's men at the Battle of Ethandun in 878 AD.

The pieces which are largely bare steel with just a little decoration are both attractive and practical for the home, combining old and modern techniques to produce designs evocative of the Anglo Saxon era. Each item, or set, features a replica Alfred penny to celebrate the significance of his achievement here in Ethandun.

The Candle Holder

The Candle Holder is designed to stand on a table or hung on a nail on the wall. The tripod legs give it stability on uneven surfaces, the two front legs displaying the two basic line symbols, a runic symbol for the sun and a standing Christian cross. This is to represent the two belief systems that existed side by side for many years in Europe, that which we would call Paganism today and Christianity, the driving influence behind much of the changes introduced by Alfred.

The gold painted rear leg rises up to become the support for the reflector and smoke bell. The reflector is made in the style of an Anglo Saxon shield and above that is a Blue painted disc displaying a replica King Alfred penny.

Above the disc is a hole which allows the candle holder to be hung on a nail against a post or wall. The concave disc which forms the top of the candle holder is more of a practical rather than decorative addition. This is a “smoke bell” a device not seen much until the advent of chimney oil and gas lamps, it allows a flame lamp to be placed closer to a ceiling without causing heat or smoke damage, a great asset in a low ceiling cottage.

The colours of Blue and Gold were chosen for decoration as they sit so well together in the famous Alfred Jewel found in Somerset.

The bare steel has been finished with a Beeswax polish to protect it from surface rust.

Candle Holder - £51.

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