Our Finds: Taper Weights

Make like a Mad Men–era hostess and set your table with these modular candleholders this season. "They were popular in the mid-20th century because you could stack them or have these beautiful, buglike objects dancing across the table," says Martha Stewart Living collecting editor Fritz Karch. "The hostess became the sculptor."

First produced in mass quantities by Danish companies such as Dansk and later in Japan, the candleholders are often marked with a company name or place of origin; pieces from both countries are equally coveted by collectors. You'll find them at antiques shops and online (search for midcentury cast-iron candleholders) for $5 to $100 each, depending on the size and the rarity of the design.

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