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From: "david holland" <>
Subject: Re: Sales
Date: Wed, 6 Jan 1999 20:54:58 -0000
Hello rod A form of sale by auction. A pin is thrust through a candle about
an inch from the top, and bidding goes on until the candle is burnt down to
the pin; when the pin drops into the candleholder the last bidder is
declared the purchaser. A record of this method still being used in Reading
in 1893. Regards David
from Harpenden Herts UK
Researching HOLLAND,WESTAWAY,SMITH[in East Herts and
From: rod crowte <>
Date: Wednesday, January 06, 1999 6:19 PM
>Can anybody tell me what the phrase"For sale by the CANDLE" means,
>as it appears fairly frequently in diverse advertisements such as those in
>the Sherborne and Yeovil Mercury of 1782.
>Is it a form of auction?
>My interest is that such an advert appeared in the above paper with
>regard to a prize ship that had been captured by an ancestor.