An early colonial American tradition was the Courting Candles. While not a Shaker tradition, this candle box set follows with a set of handmade iron candle holders and matching candles.
As the tradition is told, the daughter's father would have a candle holder out and adjust the candle in the holder according to his view or respect of the suitor for his daughter. The suiter was allowed to stay until the candle burnt down to the iron of the candle holder. based on this it was apparent to the perspective suitor how he was respected by the father by looking at the candle holder after entering the house: if the candle was raised to near the top of the iron in the holder it would provide more time for the suitor to spend with the daughter, and if lowered in the candle holder it would provide less time.
Sliding top with heart inlay. Through dovetails used for attaching sides to front and back. Includes handmade pair of courting candle holders and candles. Cherry used throughout. Finished with standard Danish oil finish, minimum of 4 coats.