Medieval Chandeliers


The chandeliers that I use are based on a chandelier seen in King Renee's Tournament Book.  All the images are thumbnails, so click them to see a larger picture.  

King Renee chandelier

National Bibliotheque de France chandelier

Chandelier from King Renee's Tournament Book.  

Similar chandeliers shown in an image from the National Bibliotheque de France. 


Thumbnail of chandelier

A copy of the King Renee chandelier, originally made and given to me by Master Dafydd ap Gwystl.. 

Same chandelier (using a flash).  

This chandelier was made using the following materials:

  • Two pieces, 22 1/2" x 2 5/8" x 3/4"  (arms of the chandelier)
  • One piece, 16"  x 1 3/8" x 1 3/8" (vertical hanger)
  • Four "cat food" cans or similar small metal dishes.  
  • One long screw, approx 3".  A deck screw is fine. 

Thumbnail of chandelier parts

The chandelier comes apart for storage.  It goes together with a single screw that stays in the bottom of the vertical hanger when stored.

For 'candles', I choose to use refillable, liquid paraffin lamps.  The liquid paraffin is much safer than lamp oil or citronella, and it delivers a clean, odor-free flame. It is classified as non-toxic (unless consumed internally) and non-flammable. It is supposed to be so safe, it even extinguishes itself if accidentally knocked over. The container stays cold, so I have no problems with things getting hot.   These cartridges can be purchased in either disposable or refillable form, in various sizes. 

Many kingdom have restrictions against "open flame".  I realize that, and gentles in those kingdom simply need to find small glass globes that fit on top of the lamp cartridges or use larger metal dishes that can hold a glass globe and the lamp cartridge. 

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