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Q&A on Collecting: Candlesticks are love at first sight

Anne McCollam advises readers about the value of their antiques.
BY ANNE MCCOLLAM Published: June 24, 2013


Candlesticks are a bargain

Q: I recently picked up this pair of glass cobalt-blue dolphin candlesticks in Plymouth, Mass. Even though they are reproductions of Sandwich Glass Company candlesticks, I fell in love with them. Each stands 8 inches tall and 5 inches in diameter at the base. I paid $35 for the pair.

Did I get a bargain or not?

A: Boston and Sandwich Glass Company and Cape Cod Glass Company, both of Sandwich, Mass., made similar dolphin candlesticks in the mid-1800s. Modern reproductions were made by several companies, including Imperial, Westmoreland and Heisey. Your candlesticks were made in the mid- to late-1900s. Most reproductions are in the range of $50 to $75 a pair. Yours are a bargain.

Q: I have enclosed a drawing of the mark that is on a set of dinnerware that I have. The set is a five-piece place setting service for six, and it includes a platter and two bowls. The dishes are decorated with men and women in Colonial settings and trimmed in gold and filigree borders.

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