Q: Where can I find information about antique student lamps and their values? If an antique student lamp were electrified, would it have a lower value?
A: "Student Lamps of the Victorian Era" by Richard C. Miller and John F. Solverson covers every aspect of these lamps, including repair, restoration, conversion, parts, manufacturers and current
values. The book is available with a 1992-1993 value guide for $37.95 postpaid softbound, or $52.95 postpaid for a limited-edition hardbound, from Antique Publications, Box 553, Marietta, Ohio 45750-9979, (800) 533-3433.
In the latter years of the kerosene era, when electricity was in use, some companies produced electrified student lamps or sold a kit that converted lamps from fuel to electricity. (Kits are still being sold.) To avoid damaging a lamp and substantially lowering its value, it's best to have lamp conversions done by experts. If you have a lamp converted, save its original burner.
Q: Who might want an old-fashioned kitchen gas stove and sink? We're remodeling our pre-World War I house and have no use for the old kitchen fixtures.
A: If the stove has six gas burners and is designed with a bun warmer or warming oven above in any color or color combination, and if the sink is made of white porcelain on legs and has a splash back, write to S. L. Paul, 1511 N. Wells St., Chicago, Ill. 60610, (312) 280-8282, enclosing a description or photo of the pieces (stating their condition) and an addressed, stamped envelope.
Don't discard any old appliances until you have checked their values. One source is "300 Years of Kitchen Collectibles" by Linda Campbell Franklin, available for $25.95 postpaid from the author, 2716 Northfield Road, Charlottesville, Va. 22901, or from Books American Inc., Box 2326, Florence, Ala. 35630.
Write to Anita Gold at the Chicago Tribune, 435 N. Michigan Ave., Chicago, Ill. 60611. The mail volume precludes a personal response.