ANTIQUES

Bicycle lamp shines light on antique tools of illumination


This antique carbide-type bicycle lamp also was used on automobiles. (Courtesy of John Sikorski)

Published: Saturday, March 9, 2013 at 6:01 a.m.
Last Modified: Thursday, March 7, 2013 at 11:31 a.m.

Q: Attached are some pictures of an antique carriage lantern from the 1800s. I was wondering if you could give me an idea of how much it is worth.

S.M., Internet

A: You have an antique carbide-type bicycle lamp. Water would drip on the carbide creating acetylene gas producing a bright light that was magnified by the front lens. There was an attachment that made it possible to be used on automobiles, as well. The one you own would sell for less than $100.

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Q: My wife and I bought this china cabinet in south Colorado around 2000. It was said to be of Welch origin, made around 1910. We are looking to sell it and do not know its worth, nor how we would go about selling it. Could you give us some guidance, please?

A.M., Gainesville

A: Your sideboard could be Welsh or English, and made in the early 20th century, as you were told. Originally, the entire cabinet was finished in a very dark blackened finish that is called ebonized, giving the wood the look of ebony. This type of finish is not very saleable, so dealers often try to strip off the ebonized finish, which is seldom completely successful, leaving tight areas with leftover black stain, like that on your cabinet. Some folks can accept or overlook this eyesore, but most cannot, creating a difficult item to sell. I think if you get close to or more than $200, it would be a lucky day.

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Q: I am trying to find an approximate value for this 1960 Motorola Stereophonic record player and AM/FM radio that belonged to my grandparents. Everything works and it is in great condition. And due to the warming-up process that happens when I turn it on, I am assuming it works with tubes.

G.P., Micanopy

A: There is currently very little interest in console record players with AM/FM radios. Potential dollar value is catch-as-catch-can.

You might be able to discover some specific information about the Motorola you have by checking with the folks at Radio Relics. The website is www.clge.com. Good luck.

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Q: My son has an unopened "25th Silver Anniversary Edition" of "The Game of Life." My father-in-law used to work for Milton Bradley and gave it to my son as a gift. We keep trying to find how much it may be worth, but I can find nothing out about this game. I think it may have been only made and given to employees and friends. Can you help?

D.G., Internet

A: The Milton Bradley Company first produced "The Checkered Game of Life" in 1860. The name was changed to "The Game of Life" in the 20th century. There is no collector interest in your set. This is why you have not been able to find out what it is worth. Potential dollar value is catch-as-catch-can.

John Sikorski is an Ocala antiques dealer. He hosts a call-in radio show, "Sikorski's Attic,'' on WUFT-FM (89.1 FM). It can be heard each Saturday from noon to 1 p.m. Send your questions to Sikorski's Attic, c/o The Gainesville Sun, 2700 SW 13th St., Gainesville, FL 32608-2015; or email absantique@aol.com.

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