Picture is on inside of glass shade


October 16, 1994|By Anne McCollam | Anne McCollam,Copley News Service

Q: I have a reverse-painted lamp that has been in my family for about 75 years. The glass shade has a scene of a landscape painted on it. The height of the lamp is 21 inches, and the shade is 18 inches in diameter. It has no manufacturer's or any other identifying marks. What can you tell me about it?

A: The scene on the lamp was painted on the inside of the shade -- thus the name "reverse painting." Bases were frequently made of metal with a brass, copper, bronze or silver finish.

Unmarked lamps make identification quite difficult. Carefully examine both the shade and the base for a signature that you might have missed. Your lamp was made in the early 1900s. It would probably be worth about $1,000 to $1,200. Marked reverse painted lamps are considerably higher in price.

Q: I inherited an opaque glass box with a hinged lid that is in perfect condition. It is decorated with daisies and beading against a light blue background. The shape is oval and the diameter is 4 inches. On the bottom are the words "Wave Crest Ware." Could you tell me something about my "inheritance" and what it is worth?

A: Wave Crest was made by C. F. Monroe Co. of Meriden, Conn., from 1898 until World War I. Their major supplier of glass blanks was Pairpoint Manufacturing Company in New Bedford, Mass. The opaque glass was blown into molds and later hand-decorated with enamel.

Most of this ware was signed, particularly the early pieces. To date, Wave Crest has not been reproduced. One similar to yours is listed at $540 in "Warman's Glass" by Ellen Tischbein Schroy.

Q: While sorting through things in my attic, I found a Roy Rogers toy wagon that I had as a child. Everything is still intact, including the figures, the horses and the box. On the side of the covered wagon are the words "Roy Rogers Chuck Wagon." Is it worth anything?

A: "Roy Rogers Chuck Wagons" similar to yours are fetching $150 to $180 in antique shops.

Letters with picture(s) are welcome and may be answered in th column. We cannot reply personally or return pictures. Address your letters to Anne McCollam, P.O. Box 490, Notre Dame, Ind. 46556.

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