Ask Antique Trader: Fenton cranberry lamp worth $250

Q  You seem to know about Fenton. I do not and I would like to know what to do with this lamp, and its value. All I know is it is the ruby or cranberry daisy and fern pattern. It’s quite large, about 8 inches in diameter and fluted at the top, and about 10 inches high. No chips, dings, cracks, etc. Excellent condition. What would you say its approximate value is? Thank you so much,
— R. via e-mail.

A  Your Fenton cranberry opalescent lamp fitter in the Daisy and Fern pattern is a great example of Fenton’s trademark glassworks. According to the book “Fenton Glass” by Mark Moran (Krause Publications), cranberry — plain and opalescent — were made in spiral optic (late 1930s) and hobnail, which was produced for almost 40 years until the late 1970s. Coin Dot was made for just under two decades, from the late 1940s to the mid-1960s. Shades like yours were made from 1955 to 1980 and can be worth between $250 and $325.

Q  I found this ceramic head (form?) in an old house we bought. I would just like to know if you might have any information on what it is. It is about the same size as a foam wig stand, made of ceramic with flowers on it. It is signed “DEBBIE.” I would very much appreciate any info you might have. Thank You,
— K.B., via e-mail

A  Your standing ceramic wig form would be a nice addition to the collector of vintage or antique millinery items. It’s likely your head was used to hold a wig. Although the ceramic head is old, the painting looks as though it was added recently. French versions, with lovely painted faces, hair and collar details sell for between $250 to $1,600 for exemplary items. Yours would sell for about $100 to $150.

Q  I have a Hall’s covered casserole dish and can’t find any info on the pattern or value, if any. I hope you can help. The pattern is three plant containers on three different steps, with a flowering cactus plant in each one. The mark on the bottom is imprinted “HALL’S Superior Quality Kitchenware MADE IN THE U.S.A.” It is in excellent condition.
Thank you,
— H.P., via e-mail

A  Your Hall China covered casserole dish is as good today as it was made before 1950. All Hall products are marked with the word “Hall’s” within a circle. The kitchenware and dinnerware lines, however, were marked with the words “Hall’s Superior Quality Kitchenware” and “Superior Hall Quality Dinnerware.” Your planter-themed casserole dish is sold for around $50.

Eric Bradley is the editor of Antique Trader magazine and a former producer of the Atlantique City Antiques Show. He has been buying, selling and trading antiques and collectibles for 15 years.

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