I HAVE TRIED TO RESEARCH THIS ITEM EXTENSIVELY AND CANNOT SEEM TO FIND ANYTHING NEAR SIMILAR!! For sale are 2 gorgeous French silver-plated candle lamps. They are in excellent condition, just in need of a good clean and polish job. The normal wear on them is evident and it is quite obvious that they are quite aged. They are a very unique style ... the trunk of the holders are both spring loaded to expel a candle slowly as it burns. The springs show signs of age as well, a bit of rust, but are still functional. The base below the spring loaded tube also detaches. The lampshades that sit on top are punched in ornate detail with small crowns and hearts. Through research, I did learn that this type of mechanism was used in earlier times to provide safety and control as candles were the main or only light source. These candle lamps were used on tables as we use a lamp today. The holes were punched into the shades to allow more light filtration into a room. I am not sure of the age on these, but as you can see by the pics they are quite obviously aged. These items posess a whimsical enchantment and would most definitely enhance any collection. If you have any questions feel free to ask! (Insurance is not required, but is recommended for this item)I am a single mother and full time college student looking to supplement my income and help out with tuition and babysitter fees by selling on Ebay! I am currently listing mainly clothing items, but keep your eyes open as I will soon be expanding to include a variety of different items. If you are viewing one of my charcoal drawings, know that I am the artist and each item is original. I have drawn with charcoal for over 20 years and most of the items you see are currently on display in my home. I have been commissioned locally to do pieces for sepa rate individuals and take great pride in my work. All items are signed and are one-of-a-kind pieces. If you have any questions regarding the art pieces or would like to know more about my artwork, feel free to email me at . Thankyou for taking the time to look, and thankyou for supporting self-represented artists! Your interest keeps true art alive. I will accept Paypal, money order or cashier's check. Buyer must contact me within 48 hours of close of auction with payment information and payment is expected promptly. Item will be shipped within 48 hours of payment receipt (provided it does not fall on weekend or holiday). All items listed are as described, refunds available at my discretion. I only sell quality items that I would myself purchase, so bid with confidence!! All shipping fees represent domestic shipping for the United States. If you are interested in international shipping fees please contact me for rates. If you are interested in combined shipping discounts, please notify me regarding which items you are interested in and I will give you a total. Insurance is also available upon request. Please check out all of my items available on Ebay.....thanks for looking and good luck!!