Of a rich coppery tone, this tall bell metal candlestick is Spanish Colonial, dating to the 17th or 18th century. It measures 11 1/2" high, is 4 7/8" in diameter across the base, and is comprised of four separate pieces, the saucer base, the stem, the drip pan, and the candle holder. Inscribed on the base is the name "Santisima Trinidad, which was the name of various churches and missions throughout the Spanish Colonial region, including North and South America, Central America, and the Caribbean.
This was also the name of a famous Spanish warship, built in Cuba, and launched in 1769, ultimately meeting its demise at the Battle of Trafalgar in 1805 when it was damaged and sunk. There is an additional inscription under the drip pan, "mis(ion) de la sola soledar(d?) de la capillta, so it likely was made for a mission. The form and bell metal composition are relatively rare, making this a particularly fine example of Spanish Colonial metal work.