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

Rosenthal bon bon dishesbavaria Rosenthal bon bon dishes

Phillip asks:


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.

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.