In Antiques, auctions on June 10, 2012 at 2:35 pm
After reading the above post regarding Kerosene Lamps and observing the picture I noticed that the Kerosene lamp to the left is quite similar to one that was left behind when my Great Grandmother passed, but hers has decorative silver, and an emblem that I do not recognize I do not know how to leave a picture but would like you to see it. Maybe you could give me some background and also curious if worth anything.
Sometimes context can be deceiving. A lamp belonging to a senior citizen does not necessarily make the lamp an antique. In style, your lamp is fairly pedestrian. It’s meant to be a practical kerosene lamp, made with clear utilitarian glass. These lamps are still being made today for use on boats and in rural areas where there is no electricity or frequent power outages. A visit to some online auctions shows showed a number of similar lamps selling for between $7 and $12. A company incorporated under the name Lamplight Farms was founded in 1996 in Menomonee Falls, Wisconsin and parts, including wicks for Farms Lamplight lamps can be purchased from B & P Lamp Supply– founded in the 1950s. My advice would be to enjoy the lamp for its sentimental value. I hope it brings back fond memories of your great grandmother.
In Antiques, auctions on August 28, 2011 at 3:49 pm
This weekend Hurricane Irene came to town. She forced me into my basement to assess the safety of my antique lighting collection, primarily stored in the basement. If anyone out there in internet land wants to buy an antique lighting collection, just give me a holler via email or blog reply , but until that happens, I am the proud caretaker of various shades and lamp parts for late 19th and early 20th lamps. My son has been packing up his apartment to move to a new job, and he was asking my advice on how to pack dishes, which reminded me how little people know about safe packing protocol. So here are a few tips.
1) Strong waterproof containers that can withstand a flooding situation are imperative. If you buy containers that are all the same size they are easy to stack in your garage, basement, or when moving them in a van or truck.
2) You want to wrap your items in something which will provide protection and padding, so if jostled they will not bang against one another. Newspaper is the material of last resort because it turns your fingers black when packing and becomes yellowed and brittle with age. If you have the time, the best packing stuff are the hospital pads that are cotton and blue plastic–designed to protect the bed from “accidents”. You can order them online. They cost approximately $45 for a box of 200. If you can’t find those pads, then I recommend rolls of bubble wrap combined with sheets of white newsprint that are often available places that rent trucks for moving or at a printing plant. To economize, you can also use old towels, sheets, or old T-shirts.
3) Never pack the box or bin to the very top, because if you put weight on top, the items pressing against the lid will snap and break. Always try for approximately one to two inches of insulation at the bottom and the sides. I usually leave six inches at the top.
4) Label everything on the top and on the side where you can easily read the contents of what is inside each tub!
In Antiques, auctions on August 9, 2011 at 7:06 pm
In annapolis, Antiques, auctions on October 28, 2010 at 2:41 pm
Annapolis is home to a number of high end international businesses connected with antiques such as the Theriault Doll Auction House. Coming up at the end of the month, they’ll be auctioning off the private collection of Nikki Kvitka, November 20 and 21, 2010 at the Waldorf-Astoria in New York City.
But taking place closer to home is another business, folks may or may not know about, Niermann Weeks, a luxury furnishings manufacturer which takes its inspiration from fine antiques. This weekend they are having their Annual Fall Sample Sale.
Included in the large selection of showroom samples will be
lighting, furniture, fabrics, and accessories. Also available will be antiques collected by Joe Niermann (such as the pictured bench), as well as selected samples from local acrylic company Spectrum Ltd. and from the William Switzer Company of Vancouver, Canada.
According to CEO Eleanor McKay, all together, the retail value of these samples is over $5,000,000 and there will be fantastic deals with prices marked at 50 to 90% off. “We really want to sell everything, so will consider all reasonable negotiations, ” she told me in a recent email. So mark your calendars. On Friday, November 5 from 8:30 am to 4:30 pm the sale will be open to the trade ie. (wholesale) only. Saturday, November 6 from 8:30 am to 4:30 pm at 760 Generals Highway in Millersville, MD 21108 at the intersection of Generals & Veterans Highways, the sale will be open to the general public.
Take note that each day Niermann Weeks will hold a drawing for a $5,000 gift certificate. Visitors can fill in a registration form at the factory door. Also, for every purchase in excess of $2,500, registered visitors will earn another chance at the drawing so you can score pretty well if you are doing some redecorating or furnishing a new home. If you need more information, call Niermann Weeks at 410-923-0123.
In annapolis, Antiques, auctions, Energy Conservation on October 11, 2010 at 8:40 pm
Sterling silver pieces slated for melting
Just a few days ago I posted my latest comments in answer to someone considering the route of selling their silver for scrap. Over the weekend I was being entertained by friends, one of whom could not resist showing me the items in their silver collection they had decided to dispose of. “None of my children care for these pieces and neither do I,” was the explanation. All made by the Kirk silver, they are not distinctive in their design and yes they do need polishing. It seems a shame that our ancestors were so proud to own pieces of silver like these and now with folks rarely entertaining at home, silver is just not as desirable.
The solution– other than donating the items to charity or finding someone who does value the feel and heft of genuine silver to sell to, is to go to a reputable dealer in silver and gold who will pay the going rate (a little over $23 per ounce).
There are some investors investing that silver prices will continue to climb higher, so you can always set a target and patiently wait. Will the price of silver per ounce climb up to $30 per ounce? I don’t have a crystal ball.
In Antiques, auctions on October 8, 2010 at 4:10 pm
I have inherited my grandparents silver dinnerware for eight plus many serving pieces that include a tablecloth sweeper and a creamer and sugar set with tray from 1920′s. There is no one to hand it down to and if it just gets melted and recycled it would be fine. With the rise in silver prices, it sounds as if I should just sell it on the basis on weight unless you can convince me there is a market for antiques of this type.
If there is no one in your extended family who has an interest in antique silver and your items are indeed sterling, you may do well to sell them on the basis of weight. But before you take such hasty action, please take a look at the markings on the bottom of your pieces and with the help of a research librarian look up the marks to check 1) they are sterling 2) the style of work of this particular manufacturer are not sought by collectors.
Please consider donating your items to a favorite charity if they conduct fundraisers with silent or live auctions, as there are many people who still use and enjoy silver items for entertaining and decorative display.
In Antiques, auctions on June 16, 2010 at 6:24 pm
Unfortunately for me, not everyone uses email and blogging to communicate and thus every once and a while I receive a phone call from someone asking a similar question to the ever present questions I receive from many of my readers which is:
“I have some really nice antiques but I just can’t find any place to sell them. Do you know where I can get a fair price for my treasures?” My most recent caller refused to believe me when I told her that since she had actively been consigning some items and making calls to auction houses, she knew more than I did. Since I spend most of my time sitting at a desk, I am not the foremost authority on the places to buy and sell antiques. Back in the days when I was an actual antiques dealer, it was different. But that was long ago.
Unfortunately for those who are making their living by trading in antiques, the market is slow which means dealers are going to be very reluctant to pay much for anything. After all, they are trying to live off what they profit on, and thus dealers have become very specialized and very selective. If you want to get a “good” price for an item, sell it directly to the collector who wants to keep it and not to someone buying the piece for resale. How do you do that? You need to sell it yourself on EBay or another online auction, or list it on Craigs list, or in the classified section of your local newspaper.
Can’t sell it? Try donating it to charity. Many non-profits have silent auctions and appreciate beautiful antiques to add to the mix.
My frustration on the phone call was that I simply could not get this particular lady off the phone. She kept talking on and on about everything she owned and where she had tried to sell it.
Last resort, have an estate sale IF you know what you are selling and have some family or friends who can help. There are services who will run the sale for you but they take 20 to 25% off the top and may also charge for advertising and hauling fees. Start very early in the morning and finish by noon.
Good luck and happy selling.