Candlestick Identification
Candleholders of one type or another have been in use for as long as candles have been made (they date back to about 3000 BC). They were necessary, along with oil lamps, to provide light in households until the advent of electrical lighting during the late nineteenth century. It's thought that candlesticks themselves originated prior to the middle ages. The earliest examples were probably blocks of wood with a spike that the candle could be impaled upon. Later on, when brass candlesticks were devised, the socket seen on today's candlesticks was introduced. When domestic glassware was devised, candleholders were an obvious product line. Most manufacturers of Carnival produced similar patterns. Here are the most often-seen examples.
Florentine Style
One of the most common shapes of candlesticks. The difference between the Fenton and Northwood is flange between the base and stem. Northwood's is larger (circled)

Fenton Florentine

Northwood Six Nine Five

Cut ovals
Trumpet Style
Obviously named for the trumpet horn shape upon which the sticks rest.

Central

Northwood

Vineland

Diamond
Spindle Style
Spindles are typically round shafts with bulbous protruding shapes, thus the name here.

Imperial Premium

Northwood

Diamond

549, 649, 749
Carnival Glass patterns
These are from the classic Carnival lines.

Grape and Cable

Inverted Strawberry

Moonprint
Twisted stems
Some of these must have been very tricky to get out of the mold.

Double Helix

Lancaster 950

Lillian

Spiral 5198

Three Fifteen (315)

Trumpet Twist

Twist Bobeche
Unusual Stems
Glass makers never seemed to tire of making unusual designs.

Twelve Rings

Five Bubbles

Paperchain/Origami

Mt Vernon

Sawtooth
Simple shapes
Housewives no doubt liked these because they were simple.

One Five One

Portly (249)

Chesterfield

Imperial 700

Royal Lustre

Mae West

Scepter

Six Six One
Figural shapes
A few candleholders include people and animals.

Boy and Lamp Post

Crucifix

Christ

Firefly (on base)

Goat, horse
Enameled
Some candleholders were decorated in different ways.

Black Banded

Blue Banded

Enameled Flower

Halloween
Miscellaneous designs
A testament to the imagination of glass designers.

American

Column

Chamber Candlestick

Delta Base

Crackle

Double Scoll

Six Sided

Six Lustre

Flute and Cane

Thebes

Two Thirty Two

Candleholder Vase
Candelabra
For holding multiple candles.

Miniature Candelabra