What are these 2 cast iron(?) butterflys with cage bodies - incense/candle holders?

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  1. journeymagazine

    journeymagazine Well-Known Member

    These were found in a storage unit a friend won at auction. I believe they are old & made of cast iron (they are heavy!).
    With the cage like body & hole in bottom I'm thinking these are some kind of antique candle holders? Incense holders?
    What are they & how old are they?
    Bug one is 9" H x 11" W and the small one is 6" H x 8" W
    Thanks in advance for any information.

    COLLECTIBLE CAST IRON BUTTERFLY INCENSE HOLDERS 6 x 7  &  9 x 11  1A_AA.JPG COLLECTIBLE CAST IRON BUTTERFLY INCENSE HOLDERS 6 x 7  &  9 x 11  2AA.JPG COLLECTIBLE CAST IRON BUTTERFLY INCENSE HOLDERS 6 x 7  &  9 x 11  4AA.JPG COLLECTIBLE CAST IRON BUTTERFLY INCENSE HOLDERS 6 x 7  &  9 x 11  5AA.JPG
     
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  2. Rayo56

    Rayo56 Well-Known Member

    They look like cast Iron Butterfly Candle holders you hang outside on a hook for ambiance lighting. With cast iron they can be old or they can be sold yesterday - just toohard to tell unless they have specific markings/stampings.......

    https://www.ebay.com/itm/254810147870
     
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  3. Bdigger

    Bdigger Well-Known Member

    Agreed. Candle hanger. They should gave a tabbed bottom with a tealight holder that would fit in the notches and twist to hold / replace the candles,
     
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  4. wiscbirddog

    wiscbirddog Well-Known Member

    A simple test with a magnet will tell you if they are iron or not, no need to guess.
     
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  5. journeymagazine

    journeymagazine Well-Known Member

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