Gustav Stickley Lamps, ca. 1913
Appraised Value: $5,000 - $7,000
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GUEST: This one here we got in an antique shop south of Chicago about 15 years ago, and the other we got on the Internet about five years ago.
APPRAISER: And what attracted you to them?
GUEST: This first one was one of our first Arts and Crafts pieces. We were living in a house that was Arts and Crafts influenced, and we walked into the antique shop and saw the hammered copper and loved the patina and the shape, and didn't know that it was a Stickley at the time. And, in fact, the dealer had told us it was a Handel lamp that the label had fallen off of. And we didn't really think that was true but we just liked it a lot and so we thought it was worth the price anyway and went ahead and bought it. When we got home, we had some catalogs that we looked at and saw that it was a Stickley, and we actually found the mark on it.
APPRAISER: Yeah, both of the lamps are marked. If you look in the catalog-- and these catalogs are available for research purposes-- I don't know what they were priced at at the time...
GUEST: Like five dollars.
APPRAISER: Yeah, they were affordable, and Stickley-- when you hear the name, you think of furniture. You don't often associate it with the decorative accessories that were available. What's really neat about these is the fact that they're so intact. The fact that they have the shades with the fabric lining intact is pretty amazing. They tend not to last.
GUEST: Do you think this fabric is original?
APPRAISER: Yeah, I think it's all original. And what's nice, too, is the hand-hammering effect. What they were trying do with the Arts and Crafts movement was to go back to the ways things had been done in the past and to show how they came about creating the work and the materials that they use. Honesty of materials, honesty of the process itself. So, really, the fact that they have a rustic, hand-hammered quality is what makes them so appealing-- when you see how the artisan had created them. And they're really in very good condition. There are some dents which have rendered the shade a bit cockeyed.
GUEST: Our daughter knocked that off of a table when she was about two and actually that was one of the things I was hoping to find out-- if that could be repaired.
APPRAISER: Yeah, it could certainly be repaired. Otherwise the patina is in such great shape I wouldn't do anything about. Certainly repairing it a bit to get the shade to fit on more securely and more evenly is fine to do. Just find somebody that's recommended, that does a good job with metalwork, and it's not going to diminish the value. Go to a lamp shop and you can get a replacement cord that's also not going to diminish the value but will keep it a little bit safer. But you've got, you know, two terrific lamps here, and I don't know what you paid for them when you got them.
GUEST: Well, this one was $200, and then that one was $1,300.
APPRAISER: Okay. You did well on both. The larger of the lamps, I would say, probably looking at somewhere in the $3,000 to $5,000 range at auction, the smaller lamp in the $2,000 to $3,000 range, so you have pretty valuable items here.
GUEST: Great. Thanks very much.
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