This forged iron 'sticking Tommy' originates from the Northern Michigan iron mining industry (Marquette Range). Unmarked, but likely from between late 1800s and first half of 1900s when underground mining was prominent in the region.
Very sturdy piece. Nice black patina overall with some light surface rust. Whereas many sticking Tommys had a closed/fused loop on the curved end, this one is unusual for being forged in an open "U" shape.
A sticking Tommy is an early light source for the underground mining industry. The sharp point could be lodged into a timber or wall and the hook could be hung from a wire, pipe, hook, etc. The circular piece in the center holds a candle and a has a thumb piece to enlarge the hole for easy replacement. A few drips of wax still remain on the candle holder.
Dimensions: 8-3/4" long x 1-5/8" at widest x 2-3/4" tall (hook). Weight 4oz.
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