My name is Lord Brandr Aronsson, I have been blacksmithing for almost twenty years and I am currently the Guildmaster of the East Kingdom Royal Blacksmiths Guild.
The project I chose for this year’s Crown’s A&S championship is a candle stand from the 14th to 15th Century which is on display at the Metropolitan Museum of Art’s cloisters collection. It’s a piece I have wanted to recreate for quite some time, and I thought this would be a fine time to do that. This project will also serve as my Master work within the East Kingdom Blacksmiths Guild.
The piece, called the Pricket Candlestick, itself is part of the Cloisters Collection of 1938. There is not a lot of provenance for it so the estimate is that it is from somewhere in Europe from the 14th or 15th century. The medium is listed as iron and iron alloy, which would be accurate as an overall classification for metal / iron / steel at that time. However, by the 14th and 15th century almost all iron had some carbon content in it which makes it fall into the steel category. (1)
Full documentation and additional photos can be found here: https://docs.google.com/document/d/1W8626NNkaSbUOWXW4YrKexDuahY9JE9RNJhSX_rEB2U/edit?usp=sharing