Several Aladdin brand oil lamps discovered in attic


July 28, 1991|By Anita Gold | Anita Gold,Chicago Tribune

Q: In the attic of an old Wisconsin farmhouse we found several Aladdin kerosene lamps, some of which were converted to electricity. How can we find out their value, and where we can sell them?

A: Collectors of Aladdin oil and electric lamps belong to the Aladdin Knights of the Mystic Light. For information, or to sell Aladdin lamps and check out their values, write to J. W. Courter, Route 1, Simpson, Ill. 62985, enclosing a photo or description of the lamps and an addressed, stamped envelope for a reply, or phone (618) 949-3884. An annual Aladdin Knights membership and bimonthly newsletter are $20 from the same address. Also available is the book "Aladdin -- The Magic Name in Lamps" ($17.95 postpaid) and the corresponding "Aladdin Collectors Manual & Price Guide -- No. 13" ($5.95 postpaid); "Aladdin Electric Lamps" ($27.95 postpaid) and the corresponding "Aladdin Electric Lamps Price Guide -- No. 1" ($5.95 postpaid); and the booklet "Record Prices of Aladdin Lamps -- 1977 to 1990" ($2 postpaid).

Highly prized are the Aladdin figurine electric lamps of the 1930s and '40s, some of which command four-figure sums, such as those shaped like figures of art deco-type nude women. Aside from table lamps, there are Aladdin floor lamps, hanging fixtures, bracket lamps, railroad caboose lamps, student lamps, novelty lamps and candlestick types including the Aladdinette Everlasting Candle, a night light and vaporizer for a child's room.

Then, too, there are numerous Aladdin lampshades made of parchment or glass designed with fringes, fluting, frills and other embellishments, as well as decorative motifs depicting ships, stagecoaches, birds, flowers, leaves and landscapes, made ,X especially for various kerosene and electric Aladdin lamp models. Aladdin oil lamps were produced between 1909 and 1968, and electric models between 1932 and 1956.

Anita Gold can be reached by writing Anita Gold, Maryland Living, The Sun, Baltimore 21278. Selected questions will appear in her column. The volume of mail makes individual replies impossible. When writing sources listed in this column, enclose an addressed, stamped envelope for replies.

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