What’s it worth? Appraisal for Gone with the Wind lamp

gone with the wind lamp

 Jim asks:

Please consider the following lamp which has been in my family for over 50 years. The base is marked with a large (about 3/4″ tall) number 412 and CL&G Co or OL&G Co. The shades are hand painted. The lamp was electrified in the 1940s or 50s.
Thank You


AW says: I’m sorry, I don’t know the exact manufacturer of your lamp, but that’s not necessary in this case to give you an appraisal. For one this, the last two letters in the initials stand for Lamp & Glass co. a common mark of the time.


 Your lamp is circa 1880s -90s.

 It’s a fairly popular model affectionately known as a Gone With the Wind lamp. This is because these lamps were in the Mansion movie set of that famous movie.


If it’s been drilled and ‘monkeyed’ with a bit when it was electrified it would be worth about $150.00. If they did the electrification without permanently changing the lamp it would be considered as original.


One in original condition would probably bring between $275.00 and $400.00.

 Don’t feel too bad if yours is not 100% original though, the nice part is that you still have both matching globes.

 I find many of these without the top globe, in which case, one would be lucky to get $50.00 for one like that.


What’s it worth? Appraisal for Alfred Edward Borthwick etching

Alfred Edward Borthwick engraving

Thom asks:


Hello, Walt,
First I’d like to say that your website, what you’re doing by offering your services, running charity auctions, etc., is a phenomenal and most valuable thing to do.
That being said, I do have a question for you regarding what I believe may be an original pencil and ink OR an etching/engraving by Scottish artist Alfred Edward Borthwick, of the Borthwick Castle in Midlothian.
The unfortunate part is I am a book seller on eBay, who dabbles in art/collectible glass and pottery… and am in no way proficient in fine art. So what looks to me as an original could very well be an etch or engraving.


AW says: Hi Thom, thanks for your interest in my site, I’m glad you find it useful.
This is an etching of a very well known work titled ‘The Presence’.
It definately gets points for being hand signed in pencil. Original pencil signed etchings are gaining in popularity and and value.
A nice pencil signed etching by this artist I think would fetch between $75.00 and $150.00 on eBay.
An original pen and ink would bring thousands in a well-advertised auction.


What’s it worth? Wallace Nutting print appraisal

wallace nutting print

Darlene asks:


Wally, thank you for putting up this wonderful site. This will help so many collectors! Of which I am one.
I was lucky enough to inherit my grandparents estate.

I have this piece that I need some help with and pretty much verification on it. I have a few other pieces that are in my private collection( meaning they are staying in the family that I would like some info on, but dont want to burden you with them all right away.) If you are willing, I will send those at a later date for your insiteful help.

This piece I am needing help with is an original Wallace Nutting hand colored photo. I verified the signature on the Nutting Library site..but would like to know the value of my photo..I know its on the original matte..but there is unfortunatly a cut on it, it in no way affects the signature and title of the photo, and some water damage also, but the hand colored photo itelf has great color, looks like it really hasnt seen light for a long time

There is a bit of color difference under the matte..slight at best considering the age of the photo, but will have to be double matted to frame and hang.. My photo’s are not the greatest, but any help you can give me will be most appreicated.

Thank you

AW says: I’ve sold many Wallace Nutting prints throughout the years. There’s little doubt that yours is an original.

Your’s titled ‘Hawthorne’s Den’ reframed and matted would be valued at about $95.00 to $125.00 retail. About 30 to 40% more in the original frame w/ the original backing.
The scarcer Nutting’s are generally the interior scenes.
What many dealers and collectors may not know, is that a great many authentic Nutting’s will have different style signatures.
Wallace Nutting enjoyed the rarity of being famous in his own time, and because he sold so many of his hand colored prints, he had different people sign his name at the shop where they were hand colored.
Good luck with yours.