The Courting Candle.
Courting candles were traditionally used by Father’s to limit the time that potential suitors got to spend with their daughters.
The candle extinguishes once it reaches the clamp so Father’s were able to set the time that a gentleman would have with his daughter by how much candle he pulled through before lighting and potential suitors never outstayed their welcome!
I’m not sure that I would have been too impressed as a daughter but all the same I’m rather smitten with the story & the object.
This one is available from here.
It’s definitely a night to stay in & light candles here, hope you are keeping warm!