These Änglaspel are designed in and imported from Sweden. They are contemporary versions of the traditional candle chimes. Because these were designed to actually rotate and cast beautiful shadows, the metal is thin, and the item light-weight. Some of the competing rotary candleholders you will see have less detail (especially in shadow), and 4 clappers rather than 12. When you see the Pluto Produkter AB as the manufacturer and PlutoGifts as the merchant, you can be confident of high quality and wonderful attention to detail. In order to see the hundred different choices from Pluto Produkter AB just type "rotary candleholder" in the search box above.
For those of us who grew up with them, rotary candleholders are a seasonal blend of light and motion. They belong to a purely domestic and old-fashioned type of joy, one that emphasizes a dark room over a brightly lit one (to appreciate the dancing interplay of light and shadow); and calm over activity (so that stray air currents shouldn't disrupt the workings). Darkness, stillness, silence: all inescapable aspects of the northern winter, and it is therefore not surprising that candleholders should be such an enduring tradition.