1920s Antique Slag Lamp

1920s Antique Slag Lamp

1920s antique slag lamp

This is a circa 1920s antique slag lamp. It’s what’s known as  transitional piece. The condition of the shade and base of this antique lamp is excellent. But there are two things that could have made this lamp more valuable.

The key word here is “transitional”. You see, this means the style transitioned out of one period, into another. In this case, out of the art nouveau style, into the arts & crafts style.

The problem with this is that collectors place the highest values on items that are pure period pieces.

That said, this is still a beautiful 1920s antique slag lamp. The slag glass panels are in excellent condition and there is no damage to them, or the bronze coated base.

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Retail value: $325

Wholesale value: $150


Columbia Records Grafonola Sign

Columbia Records Grafonola Sign
Columbia Records Grafonola Sign
What is the value of this Columbia Records Grafonola Sign?

Antique collectors and dealers have a love affair with antique signs. It’s been that way for quite a while.  The  Columbia Records Grafonola advertisement shown above, depicts a magical time in America.

By the turn of the 20th century,  American homes would have jazz, blues & classical music in the background. That is, if it wasn’t absolutely pouring out of the windows!  This was due to the invention of Thomas Edison’s talking machine. Not long after that came the record player, and you know the rest!

The record is a historic American icon. Even today it’s revival is playing a big role in the music industry.

The sign above is 28″ in diameter. It’s enamel and porcelain over steel, it’s double sided and the graphics are amazing!  But the condition on this example is well above average. These have a history of selling even in slightly worse condition above $2,500.

This sign is circa 1910s-20s

Retail value: $3,000

Wholesale value: $1.900

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Arcade Cast Iron Toy Cab

How much is an antique Arcade cast iron toy cab worth?

 Arcade Cast Iron Toy Cab

This antique toy was well loved by probably several generations. It has some paint wear, but the amount is acceptable for a period cast iron toy vehicle. You have to consider that, not only were they toys, but they were toy cars. This means they saw a lot of floor friction and movement.

Also a pro here when asking “how much is an antique Arcade cast iron toy cab worth?” is that it still has the driver, many of these old cabs are sans the chauffeur. There’s no structural damage, but this one had it’s grill missing. That’s not a big deal because what was there originally was a generic wire mesh grill, so it’s easily replaced.

It’s a circa 1920s toy, but be careful of reproductions. Remember antique toy values are very closely tied to condition.

Retail value:   $250

Wholesale value: $125

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