I am so thrilled with this find!
A pair of 18th century Tuscan gold gilt pricket sticks. Usually made and displayed in pairs, pricket sticks were used before electricity to illuminate chapels and church sanctuaries. They are hand carved from wood and wear white and pale blue paints, large iron spikes protrude from the top to anchor large candles. Gold gilt is found on just one of the three sides of each...I would assume in the interest of expense. Considering their age of 200+ years they are in excellent condition, while the paint is chipped in areas it is original. Repairs appear to have been made to 2 of the feet with the slightest of hand, thankfully using only wood glue, modern day hardware was not used. More photos available for serious inquiries.