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Post by buccaneer on Fri Jan 01, 2010 2:06 pm

Hello and Happy New Year,

Can anyone tell me anything at all about these lamps? I've had them these past 20 years and I really know nothing about them. Seems the two are fairy lamps?? I'm a history buff and would love to know their era. Many thanks to all... Oh, the two fairy lamps have no identification on them, but they have hand made price tags on them from an antiques shop when they were purchased in the 1950's, they both went for approx $500, each. This would indicate to me they are not reproductions, but true antiques. Hope that helps.


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Post by Admin on Fri Jan 01, 2010 5:45 pm

The fairy lamp on the right is Clarke's model 44. The glass pattern is known as "Cleveland", the color (yellow) is known as "citron." The 1996 book value was $500 - 750 if undamaged. I doubt that the lamp sold for $500 in the 50's. The 1950's value would have been a tenth of today's value. The lamp is indeed antique - c. 1887-88.

The blue fairy lamp is Bohemian. It had a 1996 book value of $200 - 350. I think the lower end of the value range is about right in today's market. Again, this lamp would not begin to have a value of $500 in the 1950's. It also is antique and I would guess late 1890's or perhaps early 1900's. We seem to know very little about this particular style of lamp.

I think many would agree there is a wealth of information about fairy lamps on our Club's website (www.fairylampclub.com). If you are interested in learning more, I highly recommend Fairy Lamps by Ruf & Ruf. You can often find a copy in-line for about $40.

I can't help with the miniatures. Perhaps others can help.

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Post by buccaneer on Fri Jan 01, 2010 5:50 pm

Thank you, Jim. I would love to learn the history of these lamps. These were owned by my husband's grandmother, an avid collector. We have 100's of these, yes, 100's. They take up an entire wall. I don't really care about value, really...however, those are the prices at the bottom of the lamps and she began the collection in the 50's...however, what she paid for them might have been a different matter. Some are quite unique, it's a fun collection to stare at. Smile

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Post by Admin on Fri Jan 01, 2010 6:52 pm

Send me your adrress by private message (MP) button at the bottom right of this page and I will send you a complimentary copy of Fairy Lamps by MacSwiggan. I has some good background information about fairy lamps.

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