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My first idea was a candle snuffer and I was told unlikely due to the open spaces around the side. It's made of copper and looking carefully at the stem of the item I see zero evidence that the end was broken off of some other object. What is it? Thanks.
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How big is it?

Might have been a candle holder, if you rotate the picture 180 degrees.  Might have hooked / hung onto something else...


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Bill it's 15/16" at the base. From the top of one of the side holes it's 1/2 inch to the tip of the dome. I can try it at church and see if it puts the candle out or the flames come out of the side. There is a number on the side. 212
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You can snuff out a candle by starving it of oxygen.

You can also put it out by starving it of heat.  And you can definitely snuff out a candle with a snuffer-shaped coil of heavy copper wire.  This was in some science book when I was in school.  I have tried it, and it does work.
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If it is a candle snuffer there must be something missing unless you grip the extended part with fingers.
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I don't think it's a candle snuffer.  A candle snuffer would not have slits in the side, allowing oxygen to get into the bell-shaped part.  Easy way to find out:  Look inside the bell for soot.  No soot, no snuffer.

It does looks like part of a candelabrum, upside-down.  The bendings on the end of the flat "arm" suggest that it was intended to seat into something.  Or it could simply be a decorative piece that has fallen off something larger.

The workmanship suggests the ... hmmm ... "inexpensive" sand-cast brasswork often seen from India.
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assuming you found the proper way to hold it, it would probably hang from a wall.

the design looks somehow like the tip of an old alcohol or petrol lamp but the openings seem too small to provide much light.

maybe a tool to store ember and restart a fire afterwards ?

the candle snuffer does not seem likely. the candelabrum could be a possibility, unlikely imho

is it open "down"wards ? can you provide some context regarding the finding ?
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The 212 number engraved on the side is a clue but a weak clue of course.

sand-cast brasswork often seen from India.
............no travel to India by anyone in my family but it could have been made in India.

is it open "down"wards ?
...........it round on top so only stands upright like in the photo.
My father had oil lamps and other antiques.

Here are too photos and one of the lamps accepts a mere 5/16" wick. But the item I have has no place for a wick.
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looks like a part of such a oil or petrol lamp
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i asked a friend who used to work with antiques.

+1 vote for an upside-down candle holder but he was not sure either
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The number 212 on the side is a clue.

As far as an upside candle holder then the piece off the side must have been attached to something else or able to hang in some way.
The conclusion is non conclusive. It remains a "what is it."
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