What’s it Worth Appraisal of Mahogany Table Lamp

Mike asks:

I have this lamp, what is it worth?
* The base measures approx 9” x 9”.
* The lamp is approx 22” high from base to the top of the finial.
* Looks like Walnut Finish to me.
* There is a small topical crack in the wood right under where the cord exits the base. But the crack disappears into the lamp and doesn’t go through the base or through to the bottom of the lamp.

Thanks,
Mike


AW says: Your right on about the Walnut finish because Walnut is a dark wood, but I think that your lamp is more likely to be Mahogany.

It’s meant as a companion piece to the well made Mahogany furniture sets of this period. There were many Walnut sets as well but were of different forms than what would match the style of this lamp.
Date range: 1910s-30
  $65 (I’m assuming you don’t have a shade, but a well matched shade can bring the value up significantly and help sell it faster.)
(top price)

 

Retail value:

Wholesale value: $35
(The midrange price you could expect to achieve at a well advertised live auction. The price that is most often realized)

Quick sale value: $20
The price your likely to get if you have to sell your item immediately and your prospective customer is aware of this.

Common terminology, nicknames, keywords: Mahogany lamp, table lamp, toc table lamp, antique mahogany lamp.

In most cases, I believe it would be beneficial for your to give the prospective buyer a link to this page, and to bookmark it via your favorite bookmarking service.

Care: If this is ever gouged or scratched Old English scratch cover was made for this and will have dark woods looking new in 30 seconds.

What’s it worth? Appraisal of Antonius Stradivarius copy violin

Donald asks:

The subject item is in fair condition.
 
Printed in black ink on the inside bottom of the item is the following:
    First line: Antonius Stradiuarius Cremonensis
    Second line: Faciebat Anno 17 34
    Third line: A double circle within which is the letter T, and underneath this letter, the letters AS.
 
Thank you.

Antonius Stradivariusback of Antonius Stradivarius violin

AW says: What you have is a copy of a violin by Antonius Stradivari who most people misrepresent as A. Stradivarius. This is one of the most copied if not THE most copied musical instrument in the world.
 
Although your’s is a nice antique violin, it does not have the detailed workmanship an original would have.

The back is a flamed maple and very nice, and you’re correct, it would be considered to be in fair condition.

Circa late 1800s

Retail value: $175

Wholesale:  $95

Quick sale: $45

Keywords: Antique violin, Antonius Stradivarius,

What’s it worth? Appraisal for Rosenthal bon bon dishes

Rosenthal bon bon dishesbavaria Rosenthal bon bon dishes

Phillip asks:

 Wally;

This is a great service that you provide and I left a wonderful feedback for your help on the first plate that I sent to you.
I have 2 plates that I need the same type of appraisal for. They are two wonderful and in excellent condition plates with scallop themes and rose paintings.

I got these at the same auction that I went to. I’m attaching a picture of both and one single one and also the mark on the bottom.
thank you again Wally.

  
AW says:
Wow, it looks like you’ve gotten some good hits at this auction! I’d recognize this mark anywhere, it’s Rosenthal which is a very good quality German, Bavaria China co.
Like many companies, they have many different marks, this mark dates the piece at around 1910.
They would be Bon Bon dishes.

Date Range Made: 1905-1910

 

Retail Value:  $175.00 -$250 for the pair.

 Wholesale Value: $100-$150
(The midrange price you could expect to achieve at a well advertised live auction. The price that is most often realized)

Quicksale Value: $75.00-$100
The price your likely to get if you have to sell your item immediately and your prospective customer is aware of this.

Common Trade Terminology: Handpainted 1910 Rosenthal Bavaria China matching Bon Bon dishes. Bavarian China, Scalloped dishes.

Slang Terms: Bon Bons, candy dishes.

Selling Tips: eBay is a great resource to sell them. I’d use ‘Hand painted 1910 Rosenthal Bavaria China matching Bon Bon dishes.’ in the title.

Now here’s the thing with these Phillip, many people, myself included, would not break up the pair, they’ve been together for so long, it would seem a shame to do so, but if you sell them separately you may get more money.
You see a Bon Bon dish is something that is perfectly acceptable as a ‘single’ as opposed to a single salt or pepper shaker, or a lamp.
If you do this, I would wait a while before you sell the second one, OR if you get a very good price for the first one, offer the second at the same price to the buyer, or backup bidder.

Care and Storage Tips: Keep out of cold, if used, don’t put hard candies or nuts in them.