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Here you will find information and guidance on how to record objects on the Portable Antiquities Scheme database at These guides are intended to be used once you know what an object is, to ensure that objects and object parts are named properly.

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    • Candle-snuffer (LON-90E575)


    When complete, wick-trimmers are shaped like a pair of scissors with the base and sides of a box attached to one blade, and a flat cover for the box attached to the other. The scissors are to trim a candle’s wick, and the box is for collecting the remains (the ‘snuff’). If a candle’s wick …more