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- ...so, should the article be now split to candle snuffer and candle douter/extinguisher? (Cf. d:Q255477 and d:Q19978881.) --Mormegil (talk) 22:17, 3 June 2015 (UTC)
It would be brilliant if someone in the know could include a history of this interesting instrument. I don't think I have ever seen one pre-18th century. Yet they must surely have existed from time immemorial. Or was there another way to snuff the wick of a candle? Nick Michael (talk) 21:32, 5 February 2016 (UTC)
- I just added a ref which indicates they may have been in use by 1600 or even earlier. 2601:644:0:DBD0:1879:75AB:B0D3:F3D9 (talk) 07:32, 8 September 2017 (UTC)
- Found a reference of 1444: https://www.pinterest.ch/pin/428264245795732070/
Candle snuffers date from the 17-mid 19th centuries. They are scissor-type tools that cut and retain the snuff trimmed from candle wicks. The snuff is partially burned wicks and, with the addition of oxygen, is very flammable, therefore it needed to be isolated so it would not reignite once trimmed from the wick. The simplest and most common form of candle snuffer consists of a pair of scissors, with an attached box to retain the snuff. The snuff would be smashed into the box so it would not reignite. Many complex forms of snuffers evolved for the homes with many candles. Some had concentric trap-doors that would snap shut and isolate the sniff. Other's would stow the snuff in a lower cavity in the scissors. Similar devices include the douter, and the extinguisher, both predating the scissor snuffer. — Preceding unsigned comment added by Dbeeksci (talk • contribs) 20:16, 15 March 2018 (UTC)