Kyle on Antiques: Reader has the identical (almost) lamps

antique lampI was surprised to see a picture of my lamps shown in the Jan. 23 issue of Antique Trader. One I have is identical to the one shown and another is the same figure, but without the candle-snuffer.

We purchased the pair about 55 years ago from a local designer warehouse. Our shades are not the same as the one in the picture; they  are 18 inches tall and are a nubby brown-on-cream fabric and have a contoured frame. Lee Lathrop, Plymouth, Mich.

Q These vases are ruby and crystal, I think. I got them at an auction. They are 16 inches tall and 6½ inches at the top. What do you think their value is?
B.W., Dansville, N.Y.

ruby cut to clear vasesA  These ruby-cut-to-clear glass vases are typical of pieces produced and exported from Bohemia and later Czechoslovakia beginning in the 19th century. The shape and cut design of your pair, however, would indicate fairly modern manufacture. I actually found a very similar pair advertised in the catalog of an importer of “reproductions” during the mid-1970s. Even though this pair are not antique they do feature fine cutting and a large size so I could see them easily selling today in the $400-$800 range.

iron horse headQ  Enclosed is a picture of an iron horse-head of the type that fit on the top of a post in front of a home or business. It’s new, and shows no signs of being used. It came from a town in northeast Nebraska, and had been in the back room of a local shop for many years until the family auction. My daughter, knowing my penchant for such things, bought it for me.

It weighs 15 pounds, is 13 inches high to the tip of the ear. The bolts are painted in place, and it has two factory-drilled screw holes on each side. I would appreciate your comments and perhaps an estimated value.
T.S., Wichita, Kan.

A  Although your cast-iron horse head is typical of 19th century hitching post designs I have doubts about its age. This sort of antique iron piece has been widely reproduced for some 40 years and I suspect yours is a newer piece. The surface is just too smooth with no signs of wear or surface corrosion that an authentic early piece would certainly have. Similar copies today can be purchased in the $40-$60 range.

carved antique benchQ  This oak bench has a seat the opens for storage. It measures about 50 inches across. I’d sure appreciate any information you could find about it.
J.J., Bronx, N.Y.

A  Your carved oak bench is a fine example of what I call Baroque Revival furniture and it may well have been carved in Germany during the second half of the 19th century. It has great scroll carving and the figural arm supports are a wonderful detail. Such benches were generally used in large entry halls or libraries and were more for show than general use.

Because of the great design and details I believe your bench could be valued in the $2,000-$3,000 range today.