Kyle on Antiques: Original finish increases gun’s value

antique bridge lampQ Can you tell me anything about my lamp? On the bottom is MG401 MILLCAST copyright 1923. It has the original shade. It stands 51 inches tall.
— P.S., Madison, Ind.

A This cast-metal floor lamp (sometimes known as a bridge lamp) is typical of the style widely popular during the 1920s. Your example features ornate casting and the original paint trim. Even fancier examples are found with real onyx knobs or disks accenting the standard and base. Your piece might sell in the $125-$175 range, depending on the local market.

Q What can you tell me about my antique gun? It is a Remington, 31 caliber, SN 841. It has patent dates of June 24, 185 and May 26, 1857.
— B.L., Stockton, Calif.

A The marking on your Remington revolver actually reads “Beal’s Patent.” This revolver was the first revolver manufactured by Remington and also includes the “Lion, NY” address found on some examples. It appears to be in good, original condition, which is important. Such guns should never be polished or overly cleaned. The value of this model, depending on condition, can run from $275 to $725.

Q Many years ago I purchased the a  chair and desk. I wanted to buy only the desk, but the dealer said I had to buy them both together, so, reluctantly, I did. Now, I like the chair better than the desk. They certainly are not a set. Can you tell an approximate age of the chair and what style it is?
— R.L., Madison, Wis.

A This delicate side chair or desk chair is a nice example of Chippendale Revival furniture and probably dates from around 1915-1930. As a single chair it might sell today in the $50-$100 range today.