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Cut Glass Lamp is Brilliant


Q: The enclosed picture of my cut glass electric lamp has been in our family for four of generations. It stands approximately 23 inches tall and was made in the late 1800s to early 1900s. It is in perfect condition.

We are interested in its value.

A: Your lamp was during the Brilliant Period of cut glass, an era that lasted from 1880 to 1917. Cut glass was decorated by hand with rotating wheels. By the end of World War l, most of the cut glass companies had gone out of business.

Your lamp is circa 1900 and would probably be worth $1500 to $2500.

Q: This mark is on the back of an antique plate that I have. My mother told me it was part of set of dishes that originally her mother's. The plate is decorated with a country scene and has garlands of flowers on the border, against a cream colored background. It is signed near the bottom of the scene by "H. Loux." The plate is 10 inches in diameter and in mint condition. It is all that is left of the set and I would like to know more about it.

A: You have a faience plate was made by Utzchneider and Co. They were founded by Paul Utzchneider in Sarreguemines, France, in 1870. Faience is tin glazed pottery on earthenware. H. Loux was an artist who created the country and village scenes on faience dishes that were made in the Obernai region of Sarreguemines.

Utzchneider and Co. closed in 2007.

Your plate was made around 1900 and can be seen for sale on the Internet in the range of $20 to $30.

Q: I have a regarding a set of porcelain dinnerware. Marked on the bottom of the dishes are the words "Noritake — Ireland — Boliska — 2766." The dishes are decorated with yellow, green and blue abstract designs with gold trim on the borders. There is a pheasant in the center of each piece. I purchased the set in 1973.

What can you tell me about my dishes?

A: Noritake porcelain has been made in Japan, since the late 1800s and is made today. The pattern, "Ireland — Boliska" was made from around 1973 to 1984. Boliska is the name of a lake in Galway, Ireland.

Your set would probably be worth $500 to $600.

. Address your questions to Anne McCollam, P. O. Box 247, Notre Dame, IN 46556. Items of a general interest will be answered in this column. Due to the volume of inquiries, she cannot answer individual letters. To find out more about Anne McCollam and read features by other Creators Syndicate writers and cartoonists, visit the Creators Syndicate website at



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