Ask Antique Trader: Jefferson reverse painted lamp lights up at $2,000

We are interested in learning more about the lamp in the attached picture. The lamp with shade is approximately 22.5 inches tall. The shade diameter is 18.25 inches. The shade appears to be painted glass. There is a marking on the painting that reads 1886 JEFFERSON [FRI?]. It is difficult to read the last part. The base seems to be bronze. The entire piece is in good condition.
— M.M., via e-mail

You are the proud owner of a beautiful Jefferson reverse painted lamp. The Jefferson Lamp Co. was active for 33 years after its launch in 1900 in Steubenville, Ohio. Seven years later the company moved to  Follansbee, Va., where they produced their reverse painted lamps. Fashionable in any era, the high quality lamps are sought after by both collectors and designers. Similar styles recently have been sold at auction for between $1,200 and $2,000.

I have a Keystone ride em toy PAT No 1566.030. I am seeing if you can give me a price quote on it I attached a few pictures
— M.B., via e-mail

A great little piece of American childhood, your Keystone Ride ‘Em Steam Toy riding toy measures 20 inches long by 15 inches tall to the top of the boom arm. It was made in Boston of pressed steel in the 1930s. Examples in mint condition with original boxes recently have sold for as much as $400. Considering the surface rust  and wear to the decals, the toy is worth around $50 to $100.

This riding toy was designed in Wichita, Kan., and later sold to Toy World … at least this is what I’ve been told. It is used and in good shape. I would like to know more about it and if it has any value.
— G.H., via e-mail

Your vintage Flying Turtle riding toy is still being produced. According to, this self-propelled toy was originally designed by a retired Boeing engineer in the 1970s. He used a tractor seat on the prototype model made for his grandson. On a Flying Turtle, a child scoots across the ground by placing his or her feet on the bars and by swinging the handlebars from side to side. New models are being sold for around $80, so a used version would be worth $30 to $40.

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