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Kalo Candlesticks

 

Arts & Crafts candlesticks, especially those made by Kalo, are wonderful objects -- tall, elegant, softly hammered, heavy, and very useful. Kalo produced several types of the same basic model, with a wide round base, sometimes with spade-form fluted designs, and a slightly bulbous stem that tapered dramatically to a flaring bulb-shaped cup with a broad flange at the top.

 

A monumental pair of Kalo candlesticks, with their massive hammered stems and large-scale tulip-form bowls, is an extremely impressive sight. Below is a 15" pair alongside a pair that's slightly over 10" tall (the small pair has quite a bit of presence itself when it's not standing beside a set half again as high). The proportions of both pairs are similar, but the large pair dominates just about any room.

 

Pair of 15" G152H Kalo candlesticks beside pair of 10-3/8" H G152L Kalo candlesticks

Pair of 15" G152H Kalo candlesticks beside pair of 10-3/8" H G152L Kalo candlesticks

 

Kalo also made several kinds of chambersticks, and in 1928 tried adding a Norse Line of Scandinavian-inspired items for sale in retail stores (something it had never done previously). However, the experiment was short-lived because of the ensuing depression. Still, its small, ornate Norse candlesticks seem to have been well-accepted, and we've seen many of them. The console sets (center bowl flanked by two candlesticks) below were produced in two sizes.

 

Console set, bowl and pair (2) of candlesticks from Kalo's Norse line, with large version of bowl normally seen in this set.

Console set, bowl and pair (2) of candlesticks from Kalo's Norse line, with large version of bowl

normally seen in this set. Bowl is flaring, on raised foot with open scroll and bead work base and

heavy, applied wire on rim. Candlesticks have broad circular base with open work band featuring

a repeated bead and scroll design supporting a small, flared cup. Hand engraved on the underside

"BH DCL / September 24, 1938" Bowl: 4-3/4" H and 10-1/2" W. Candlesticks 3-3/8" H and 4" W

Bowl marked: STERLING / HANDWROUGHT / AT / THE KALO SHOP / NS40L

Candlestick 1 marked: STERLING HAND WROUGHT KALO SILVERSMITHS NS42

Candlestick 2 marked: STERLING KALO NS42

 

Console set, bowl and pair (2) of candlesticks from Kalo's Norse line, with small version of bowl not normally seen in this set.

Console set, bowl and pair (2) of candlesticks from Kalo's Norse line, with smaller version of bowl

not normally seen in this set. Bowl is flaring, on raised foot with open scroll and bead work base and

heavy, applied wire on rim. Candlesticks have broad circular base with open work band featuring

a repeated bead and scroll design supporting a small, flared cup. Bowl: 6-7/16" W and 3-1/2" H

Candlestick 1: 4" W and 3-5/16" H. Candlestick 2: 4" W and 3-1/8" H.

Bowl marked: STERLING / HAND WROUGHT / KALO / SILVERSMITHS / NS40S

Candlestick 1 marked: STERLING HAND WROUGHT KALO SILVERSMITHS NS42

Candlestick 2 marked: STERLING KALO NS42

 

In later years Kalo tried making modern-looking low candlesticks, and while these are accomplished, with fine hammering, and an interesting design, they simply don't compare with the tall classic forms shown here.

 

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Monumental 15" H and 5-3/8" W across base G152H candlesticks

Monumental 14-1/8" H and 5-1/4" W across base G152H candlesticks

Tall 12" H and 4-3/4" W across base S402 candlesticks

Tall 11-15/16" H " H and 4-5/8" W across base S402 candlesticks

Tall 12-1/2" H and 4-3/4" W across base GS candlesticks

Tall 10-3/8" H and 4-5/8" W at base G152L candlesticks

Early 3-1/8" H and 4" W model 8552 chamberstick

Massive 7-1/2" W at base (7-1/8" W across handles) and 6-1/2" H model C50 candlestick

Modern 3-1/6" W and 2-7/8" H model C11 candlesticks

Modern 3" H and 3" W two-tier model 15 candlesticks

Hurricane lamps 6" H and 3-3/4" W across bottom, model 6197

Norse line 3-3/8" H and 4" W NS42 candlesticks

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Kalo candlesticks, tall, pair (2), monumental in tulip form with broad flange at top. Nicely hammered.  15" H and 5-3/8" W at base and 3-3/8" W at top.  Marked:  STERLING / HAND WROUGHT / AT / THE KALO SHOP / G152H

Candlesticks, tall, pair (2), monumental in tulip form with broad flange at top. Nicely hammered. 15" H and 5-3/8" W at base and 3-3/8" W at top. Marked: STERLING / HAND WROUGHT / AT / THE KALO SHOP / G152H

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Kalo candlesticks, tall, pair (2), monumental, with stepped circular foot, in tulip form with broad flange at top. Nicely hammered.  14-1/8" H and 5-1/4" W across base and 3-7/16" W across top.  Marked:  STERLING / HAND WROUGHT / AT / THE KALO SHOP / G152H

Candlesticks, tall, pair (2), monumental, with stepped circular foot, in tulip form with broad flange at top. Nicely hammered. 14-1/8" H and 5-1/4" W across base and 3-7/16" W across top. Marked: STERLING / HAND WROUGHT / AT / THE KALO SHOP / G152H

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Kalo candlesticks, tall, pair (2), hammered surfaces with pedestal base, flat bottoms, and tulip form with fluted sides and spade shaped designs on base.  In green cloth KALO bags with yellow stitching.  12" H and 4-3/4" W across base and 2-7/8" W across top.  Marked:  Candlesticks:  STERLING / HAND WROUGHT / AT / THE KALO SHOP / S402.  Bags:  The Kalo Shop / Handwrought Silverware / Chicago

Candlesticks, tall, pair (2), hammered surfaces with pedestal base, flat bottoms, and tulip form with fluted sides and spade shaped designs on base. In green cloth KALO bags with yellow stitching. 12" H and 4-3/4" W across base and 2-7/8" W across top. Marked: Candlesticks: STERLING / HAND WROUGHT / AT / THE KALO SHOP / S402.

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Kalo candlesticks, tall, pair (2), hammered surfaces with pedestal base and tulip form with fluted sides and spade shaped designs on base.  11-15/16" H and 4-5/8" W across base and 2-3/4" W across top.  Marked:  STERLING / HAND WROUGHT / AT / THE KALO SHOP / S402

Foot detail from Kalo candlesticks, tall, pair (2), hammered surfaces with pedestal base and tulip form with fluted sides and spade shaped designs on base.  11-15/16" H and 4-5/8" W across base and 2-3/4" W across top.  Marked:  STERLING / HAND WROUGHT / AT / THE KALO SHOP / S402

Candlesticks, tall, pair (2), hammered surfaces with pedestal base and tulip form with fluted sides and spade shaped designs on base. 11-15/16" H and 4-5/8" W across base and 2-3/4" W across top. Marked: STERLING / HAND WROUGHT / AT / THE KALO SHOP / S402

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Kalo candlesticks, tall, pair (2), with pedestal base, flat bottoms, and stepped circular foot, in tulip form with broad flange at top.  Very nice hammering.  12-1/2" H and 4-3/4" W at bottom, 3-3/16" W at top.  Marked:  STERLING / HAND WROUGHT / AT / THE KALO SHOP / GS

Candlesticks, tall, pair (2), with pedestal base, flat bottoms, and stepped circular foot, in tulip form with broad flange at top. Very nice hammering. 12-1/2" H and 4-3/4" W at bottom, 3-3/16" W at top. Marked: STERLING / HAND WROUGHT / AT / THE KALO SHOP / GS

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Kalo candlesticks, pair, in tall tulip form with broad round base and tapered, shaped stem with flaring bulb shaped cup.  Hammered all over.  Engraved on the underside "Christmas 1923".  10-3/8" H and 4-5/8" W at base.  Marked:  STERLING / HAND WROUGHT / AT / THE KALO SHOP / G152L

Candlesticks, pair, in tall tulip form with broad round base and tapered, shaped stem with flaring bulb shaped cup. Nicely hammered. Engraved on the underside "Christmas 1923". 10-3/8" H and 4-5/8" W at base. Marked: STERLING / HAND WROUGHT / AT / THE KALO SHOP / G152L

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Kalo chamberstick, early, handwrought in sterling silver with round base, tapered body and looping strap handle.  3-1/8" H and 4" W.  Marked:  KALO / STERLING / 8552

Chamberstick, early, handwrought in sterling silver with round base, tapered body and looping strap handle. 3-1/8" H and 4" W. Marked: KALO / STERLING / 8552

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Kalo candlestick, massive, squat, with wide round base, flat bottom, very large central bobeche with oversize upturned rim and wire applied to rim.  Two large arms curve upward from the neck then over and down to join two wide curved strap handles that attach to the underside of the rim in a sort of heart-shape.  Engraved ' "Eleanor" / In Memory of / E. Louise Goodhue / 1933' on top of base.  Nice hammering, and heavy.  7-1/2" W at base (7-1/8" W across handles) and 6-1/2" H.  Marked:  STERLING / HAND WROUGHT / AT / THE KALO SHOP / C50 / FILLED

Candlestick, massive, squat, with wide round base, flat bottom, very large central bulb with oversize upturned rim and wire applied to rim. Two large arms curve upward from the neck then over and down to join two wide curved strap handles that attach to the underside of the rim in heart shape. Engraved ' "Eleanor" / In Memory of / E. Louise Goodhue / 1933' on top of base. Nice hammering, and heavy. 7-1/2" W at base (7-1/8" W across handles) and 6-1/2" H. Marked: STERLING / HAND WROUGHT / AT / THE KALO SHOP / C50 / FILLED

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Kalo candlesticks, pair (2), with flared cone-shaped bodies tapering to wide upturned round wax catches each centering a small cylindrical bobeche.  Modern styling.  Very heavy.  Lovely hammering.  Pristine unused condition.  3-1/6" W and 2-7/8" H.  Marked:  STERLING / HAND WROUGHT / AT / THE KALO SHOP / C11

Candlesticks, pair (2), with flared cone-shaped bodies tapering to wide upturned round wax catches each centering a small cylindrical bobeche. Modern styling. Very heavy. Lovely hammering. Pristine unused condition. 3-1/6" W and 2-7/8" H. Marked: STERLING / HAND WROUGHT / AT / THE KALO SHOP / C11

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Kalo candlesticks, pair (2), hammered surface with flared cylindrical bodies with broad disk bases and wax catches.  Modern styling.  3" H and 3" W.  HAND / WROUGHT / STERLING / KALO / 15

Candlesticks, pair (2), hammered surface with flared cylindrical bodies with broad disk bases and wax catches. Modern styling. 3" H and 3" W. HAND / WROUGHT / STERLING / KALO / 15

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Kalo hurricane lamps, pair, composed of two candlestick bases plus two removable glass lamps.  The candlesticks have saucer-shaped bottoms with upturned rims, and taper up toward the middle then broaden out again at the top in a figure-8 shape.  The simple bobeche sits above a circular base for the glass lamps.  The tulip-shaped lamps are thin and delicate, and are covered with cut glass designs of two rows with and shapes alternating with lens-like dots.  Candlesticks have applied "R" monograms on outside of base.  Candlesticks:  3-3/4" W at bottom, 2" W at top and 6 H.  Lamps:  3-3/4" W and 6-1/2" H.  Together:  11-3/4" H.  Marked:  STERLING / HAND BEATEN / AT / KALO SHOPS / PARK RIDGE / ILLS. / 6197

Kalo hurricane lamps, pair, composed of two candlestick bases plus two removable glass lamps.  The candlesticks have saucer-shaped bottoms with upturned rims, and taper up toward the middle then broaden out again at the top in a figure-8 shape.  The simple bobeche sits above a circular base for the glass lamps.  The tulip-shaped lamps are thin and delicate, and are covered with cut glass designs of two rows with and shapes alternating with lens-like dots.  Candlesticks have applied "R" monograms on outside of base.  Candlesticks:  3-3/4" W at bottom, 2" W at top and 6 H.  Lamps:  3-3/4" W and 6-1/2" H.  Together:  11-3/4" H.  Marked:  STERLING / HAND BEATEN / AT / KALO SHOPS / PARK RIDGE / ILLS. / 6197

Hurricane lamps, pair, composed of two candlestick bases plus two removable glass lamps. The candlesticks have saucer-shaped bottoms with upturned rims, and taper up toward the middle then flare out slightly at the top. The simple cup sits above a circular base for the glass lamps. The tulip-shaped lamps are thin and delicate, and are covered with cut glass designs of two rows with and shapes alternating with lens-like dots. Candlesticks have applied "R" monograms on outside of base. Candlesticks: 3-3/4" W at bottom, 2" W at top and 6 H. Lamps: 3-3/4" W and 6-1/2" H. Together: 11-3/4" H. Marked: STERLING / HAND BEATEN / AT / KALO SHOPS / PARK RIDGE / ILLS. / 6197

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Kalo candlesticks, low, pair (2) in the Norse Line with broad circular base with open work band featuring a repeated bead and scroll design supporting a small, flared cup.  Hand engraved on the underside "BH DCL / September 24, 1938"  Nicely hammered.  Part of console set.  3-3/8" H and 4" W.  
One marked:  STERLING HAND WROUGHT KALO SILVERSMITHS NS42
Other marked:  STERLING KALO NS42

Candlesticks, low, pair (2) in the Norse Line with broad circular base with open work band featuring a repeated bead and scroll design supporting a small, flared cup. Hand engraved on the underside "BH DCL / September 24, 1938" Nicely hammered. Part of console set. 3-3/8" H and 4" W. One marked: STERLING HAND WROUGHT KALO SILVERSMITHS NS42. Other marked: STERLING KALO NS42

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