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19th Century Candle Votives - Candle Lit Calamities

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19th Century: Neo Victorian: Candle Votive: Candle Lit Calamities: Set of 3

These Three Candle Votives Warn of Forthcoming Epidemics.

They would make a curious and interesting addition to a book shelf or mantle- and perfect for setting the scene for a seance!

Cholera - An unsympathetic infection of the small intestine, Cholera was greatly feared in the 19th century and for good reason. The symptoms so unpleasant, most wouldnt go near the sick. John Snow, however led an investigation and made advances in the medical field with his theory that not all illnesses were caused by dirt and filth-- He warned that the water might be contaminated, mainly near Broad Street.

From Snow's findings "With regard to the deaths occurring in the locality belonging to the pump, there were 61 instances in which I was informed that the deceased persons used to drink the pump water from Broad Street, either constantly or occasionally..."

Beware of Broad Street!

Scarlet Fever - a woeful disease of the vain. Scarlet Fever is characterized by an unpleasant rash and strawberry speckled tongue. The rash mostly appears on the face and neck and around the mouth, causing the stricken immediate shame and torture. One Doctor wrote "The first symptoms of the disease are a sensation of chilliness, amounting in some cases to a rigor or shivering, accompanied with nausea, irritability of temper, and depression of spirits." In the most severe cases Delirium and Insanity seem to take hold and in an attempt to cure, their hair would be cut off and their head would be shaved.

Smallpox - A cutaneous disease unique to humans, how lucky for us. It is characterized by small fluid filled blisters. Its evidence has been found on the mummified body of the Pharaoh Ramses and upon monarchs, including Queen Anne and Queen Mary.

I stain each image by hand to give them an antiquated look.
Standard tea light votives.
They measure 2.5 inches tall.
This listing is for all three votives as shown above.

Original Design and Creation. Please do not replicate.

19th Century Candle Votives - Candle Lit Calamities