|Object Name||Mold, Candle|
|Description||Two parallel rows of six hollow, tapered tubes held at the top and bottom by open bases. Ear handle. Tin. The finish is dull gray with some surface rust. The base and cylinders are damaged and split. The handle is compressed and bent with some of the cylinders separating from the base.|
|Owned||Mrs. Edward Bradford|
Two candle molds used by Mrs. Edward Bradford of Pine Hill plantation, Leon Co., Fla. During the four years of the war, these molds were used for molding candles of tallow, beeswax, and bayberry. Few of them were used at home because of the need of lights in poorly equipped hospitals in Richmond and west. Preference was always given to the hospital (where) Martha Reid was matron. [Research indicates a Mary Martha Reid was matron of the Florida Hospital in Richmond, Virginia, throughout the war. See the Mary Martha Reid Papers, Florida Historical Society.]
*Note: candle mold previously numbered 0985.2.27 is believed to be 0985.2.35, which is identical to 0985.2.34 (whereas no other molds are identical). .27 had no provenance or history, although with a Florida association; .35 was not found for many years. Believed mistakenly assigned two accession numbers.
Bradford, Edward, Mrs.
Reid, Mary Martha