These heavy paper bobeches (wax catchers) were created for devotional candles that were used in church services and vigils. Although these are still made today, they are now printed in China. Our vintage ones were made in the USA.
Our photographs represent both an example of a timeworn bobeche (some show signs of tell-tale wax, others are barely used) and another in unused condition. They are all old stock, so some aging is visible in both conditions. You can mix and match the used and unused ones to take advantage of the quantity discount. The wax catchers measure 4 inches square and have been split in a perpendicular fashion to hold the candle tightly.
The purpose and instructions are on each bobeche:
To catch any was drippings, use one
of these cards with each candle.
Push tip of candle through the card, leaving
an inch or so of the candle to hold.Do not tip lighted candle
On the bottom:
FORTRESS PRODUCT 5-1200 Printed in U.S.A.
We expect that these were produced in the 1960s or 1970s, as they are from a defunct Lutheran Church, where most of the items were from those days.
Although paper wax catchers are still made today, we do not advise using these as intended, after all, paper burns easily. Great for ephemera projects or as a keepsake to remind baby-boomers of their youth.
Please do not leave candles burn unattended.