Brass Incense Censor? Help...

Discussion in 'Metalware' started by Anthony Cultreri, Apr 21, 2019.

  1. OK, what the heck is this? A censor, I think, but it makes no sense... There’s a hanging hook for a wall, the part that looks like a little coffee pot sits in the top, and there’s a pin hanging down that must have a purpose. There’s a big base that seemingly has no purpose, at least there's no way in or out of it, to add liquid, etc. It measures approx. 8 1/2” tall.

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  2. terry5732

    terry5732 Well-Known Member

    Oil lamp. I'd guess fauxtique.

    Search 'snotneus'.
    Last edited: Apr 21, 2019
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  3. That's it! Thank you so much! I got it in an old, dusty corner of an antique shop... may I ask what points you towards "faux"? Thanks again.
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  4. Any Jewelry

    Any Jewelry Well-Known Member

    I agree, a Dutch oil lamp called snotneus, which means snotty nose.;) The double spout was designed to prevent the oil from spilling on the furniture, so the lamp wouldn't have a 'running nose'.
    The pin is unusual, as is the round handle. I don't think repros would have those features, they usually follow the more general design. I have seen antique snotneuzen with wire tweezers to take the wick out. The pin on yours was probably meant for the same purpose.
  5. silverthwait

    silverthwait Well-Known Member

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  6. Thanks so much for your kind response!
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  7. silverthwait

    silverthwait Well-Known Member

    Anthony, one could dine out on "snotneuzen" for the next six months!
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