Genuine family heirloom dating to the colonial period and purchased at a Massachusetts estate sale about 1965. 6” length, hand dipped not molded. Bayberry candles were burned by the Pilgrims on Christmas to bring health, and prosperity. Traditionally, the candle must be burned all the down. This example, broken with some flaking and surface soil, was handed down for generations until it was sold from an estate with no heirs.