The World of Sconces

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A sconce is a wall  fixture, originally used to shield a candle to prevent it from blowing out. The word sconce  is derived from the Latin absconsus, and the French esconce. The reason for this word choice is that the fixture ensconces, or shelters, the light source.  Sconces held candles that were used for illuminating rooms before electricity was invented.  … [Read more...]