If you watched the new Masterpiece series "Victoria" last night, I'm sure you were gobsmacked by the number of beeswax candles they went thru in a day. The staff were taking the half-burned tapers (long dipped candles) to a local market to be bought by pickers. The custom was to put out fresh candles daily, because, well, royal family, yuh-know. These were specifically beeswax, until someone suggested tallow to reduce the cost. This resulted in Victoria's coronation ball being held in a rain of dripping sheep fat.
From one scene, one suspects this must have been at least a wheelbarrow full daily.
I'm trying to picture the demand on beeswax, if this were a common practice among the upper crust.
The date is 1837, which is BL (Before Langstroth). I presume this meant they were using skeps, and honey harvest was 100% destructive to the hives. Does anybody here know anything about beeswax production in that era?
Any guesses as to the likely impact on beeswax tapers today?