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Trying to date a brass candlestick can indeed be a challenge. Less opulent than its aristocratic cousins gold and silver, and a step above the more common iron and steel relatives, brass (an alloy of copper and zinc) was the ideal alloy of choice for crafting items for the middle class. While the poor in the 18th and early 19th adhered to the conventional adage “early to bed and early to rise” partly out of diligence, the cost of burning candles (a luxury they could not easily afford) may have also had something to do with it.(to learn more about dating candlesticks see below)