Q&A on Collecting: Vintage lamp lady lights up collectors

Anne McCollam answers readers' questions about their antiques.
BY ANNE MCCOLLAM Published: August 6, 2012

Q&A on Collecting

Lamp lady lights up collectors

Q: Enclosed is a photo of a tall electric lamp that I got from a dear friend of mine. She bought it years ago from either a tag or estate sale. The lamp is the shape of a woman and 29 inches tall. The only markings are on the base, behind the lady's foot. Imprinted in the plaster base are the words “Continental Art Co.” I tried to find out about the company but only learned it was an American company from the 1950s. I had it rewired and purchased a new shade that was almost like the original. The person in the shop who rewired my lamp thought it was from Europe, but I'm not so sure now. Any information you can find out about my lady lamp would be greatly appreciated. Thank you for your time and efforts. She's not bad for an old lady!

A: Your figural lady lamp was made in the United States. Continental Art Co. was located in Chicago. They made chalk ware and plaster figural lamps in the 1940s and 1950s. Their vintage lamps are collectible and many are selling on the Internet. Your circa-1950 lamp would probably be worth $175 to $225.

Q: I am 83 years old and bought a complete set of sterling silver flatware in 1946. I have enclosed a drawing of the mark that is seen on each piece. The set is service for eight and includes extra serving pieces. When it was bought, I was told that it could be redeemed for cash but don't remember what large bank it was. I would like to know the value of it today and any information you can provide on its history.

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