craftycritters, that is a golden oak secretary you have there. I happen to have 2 of them. Each one has different scrolling and doodles on them. (that's what I call them anyway) They were made in the 1800s mainly for legal offices. Is that not cool? They could write on the drop down leaf and glass side was used as a book shelf. :)
Your "secretary " Looks to have a repaired piece on the decorated drop down door? Is that so? Also the beveled glass looks as if it needs new mercury? All these things can effect price but I have been a collector of oak furniture for 30+ years and you got a good deal at $400.00. But it's value today depends on repairs and decoration in this piece. Is the interior in very good shape? Any box or boxes left inside? Usually the interiors are pretty nice as they did not see sunlight much and retain their old finish and look almost new!
It is pretty. I'm sure you love it either way.
The lamp I am not sure but if memory serves me it is a BANQUET lamp and not a "Gone with the wind"
The difference is that one has a brass or bronze base and the other which was in the family parlor has a glass base and glass top or bonnet.
I am however NOT a lamp restorer but I have bought a few of these and I happen to live in a Victorian house for the last 20+ years . I have been trying to fill it with many of the objects you are describing!! So I have some knowledge of them but I am by NO means an EXPERT! Far from it... Just an old Gal who loves old things!!!
Usually there is a patent date somewhere on the lamp with a manufacturer. It might be on the burner. If it say's Eagle.. the lamp is from the early to
mid 1900's most likely. Yes it is a banquet lamp. Are you keeping it? I could tell you how to clean the burner, so you can light it.
I'll look it up in the books i have and see what I can find.
Oh it is so pretty. I have an old Victorian house and I can really appreciate your lamp!
If you ever want to sell it let me know.
Here's my house. it is called Italianate.
It is always being worked on!! LOL!
I checked on Ebay and some of the beautiful lamps like yours start out at 200.00 and go as high as 450.00.
The fact that it has been electrified will bring the price down a bit. It is hard to tell from the picture if it ever was a real oil burning lamp...or if it was a reproduction made with electricity in the 1st place, which would date it to the early or mid 20th C. If it had been a burning oil lamp, there should be a patent somewhere. I think you should take it to an antique dealer for proper identification. I think the lamp is beautiful and if you are going to sell it, you should get a good price for it. Never let a dealer talk you into selling it to them, unless you want to sell it in a hurry.
Hey i do have a few pieces of furniture for sale. Does anyone have any suggestions for places to go to sell? Have any of you had more or less success with newspapers, certain web sites or antique shows??? All my stuff is Oak from the late 1800's and early 1900's. I have quite a few wonderful pieces i would like to sell. i need to start to down size and need to start with the furniture!!
First get a good price. Then plan your stratgy. If it is really exquisit, I would take it to an local auctioneer that has very good rating. (aucioneers get a percentage) Go to http://www.aucionzip.com and type in your zip code and it will show a list in your area.
If you don't want it to go all at once there is several ways you can do it. Name your price,
Papers - you never know.
If you do a website or an antique show, don't forget you have to haul it.
Antique shop - the type that has dealers. You pay for the booth every month.