Historical information

A miner’s candle holder, known colloquially as a spider, was used inside a mine to hold a candle. Made of wrought iron, the spider was either pushed into the side of a tunnel or hammered into a timber mine support. It is an example of the earliest method of illuminating mine workings.

Physical description

Metal miners' 'spider', circular candle holder on side, half loop on side for resting 'spider'. Circular handle on end. Spike on one end. One continuous piece of metal forged to shape.