American Bent Glass Lamp, ca. 1920
This was my grandparents', and then I got it.
These lamps tend to have been made from about 1910 until the early 1930s. This does not have any identifying marks of any maker. There were several dozen manufacturers of lamps throughout the country at the time this was made. We see a lot of these lamps with what we call "bent glass" in it, which looks nice as it is, but if you light it up, it really looks great. Look at that.
Now, most of these have a simple base. But here's one with a Native American on it. If it was a plain one, this would be a lamp that you could buy at auction for under $500. But it's not a plain one, it's got this guy on it. I'm going to say, if this was in a good antique shop today, it's certainly going to be as much as $1,500.
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