With a grand flourish of wrought iron scrollwork, the Bristol bottle topper contains a glass votive holder reminiscent of the hurricane shades used in colonial America to protect candle flames. Candles were a precious necessity in the eighteenth-century. In a moment of whimsy, while living in Paris, Benjamin Franklin calculated the cost of candlelight in the city, and offered up his calculations and quirky remedies in a letter on the thrift of sun versus artificial light. Use this as a candle holder, or cap off a wine bottle with flair. A perfect gift for the wine enthusiast in your life. The Bristol bottle topper is one of many repurposed decorative objects in the WILLIAMSBURG Tarpley Collection by Park Designs.
Black and clear Iron and glass bottle topper 5" dia. x 4" H WILLIAMSBURG by Park Designs
James Tarpley was an 18th-century merchant on Duke of Gloucester Street whose store offered a wide variety of goods to townspeople and the many travelers passing through for business. The WILLIAMSBURG Tarpley Collection by Park Designs includes handsome casual dinnerware, artisanal flatware, woven and hand-printed textiles, and repurposed decorative objects, all inspired by the first working kitchens and inns in America, and by artifacts in the collections of Colonial Williamsburg.