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  Gal Leg Faceted Thimble LSide.JPG - GAL LEG FACETED THIMBLE - Fancy steel gal-leg candlestick, 13 1/2  in. long with 3 1/2  in. hook, very unusual faceted thimble with serrated top and gal-leg thumb tab,, fancy file work on shaft and hook, beautiful workmanship with chamfered edges on shaft and handle, one piece construction, out of a Montrose, Colorado estate  (As noted by Ted Bobrink, coauthor along with Wendell Wilson of the Miners' Candlestick Guide, a priority for any candlestick collector is to acquire a gal-leg candlestick.  These candlesticks are very rare.  The gal leg refers to any candlestick where some part incorporates the shape of a woman's leg with a boot on.  Usually the thumb lever incorporates the gal leg but other configurations are possible.  The use of the gal-leg shape refers back to a time in the west, generally from the 1870s to turn of the century, when local saloons and theatres featured dance hall girls.  These girls, often wearing tall boots, provided entertainment in the cattle towns and mining camps and represent a theme from our mining past captured by blacksmiths and others for not only making candlesticks but also for knives, cowboy spurs, and money clips.  These sticks are unique and highly desirable.  See Bobrink, Mining Artifact Collector #9, p 12)  
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Gal Leg Faceted Thimble LSide | GAL LEG FACETED THIMBLE - Fancy steel gal-leg candlestick, 13 1/2 in. long with 3 1/2 in. hook, very unusual faceted thimble with serrated top and gal-leg thumb tab,, fancy file work on shaft and hook, beautiful workmanship with chamfered edges on shaft and handle, one piece construction, out of a Montrose, Colorado estate (As noted by Ted Bobrink, coauthor along with Wendell Wilson of the Miners' Candlestick Guide, a priority for any candlestick collector is to acquire a gal-leg candlestick. These candlesticks are very rare. The gal leg refers to any candlestick where some part incorporates the shape of a woman's leg with a boot on. Usually the thumb lever incorporates the gal leg but other configurations are possible. The use of the gal-leg shape refers back to a time in the west, generally from the 1870s to turn of the century, when local saloons and theatres featured dance hall girls. These girls, often wearing tall boots, provided entertainment in the cattle towns and mining camps and represent a theme from our mining past captured by blacksmiths and others for not only making candlesticks but also for knives, cowboy spurs, and money clips. These sticks are unique and highly desirable. See Bobrink, Mining Artifact Collector #9, p 12) Download Original Image
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