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Antiques Considered - April 20, 2011

This pair of Depression-era candlesticks comes from a family in the lower Northern Neck that has owned them since they were new.  They are pale blue in color and in perfect condition.  They are seven inches high, and have light wear on the bottoms.

Indeed these candlesticks date from the time of the Great Depression of the late 1920s and through the 1930s.  They probably came to the Northern Neck by steamboat from Baltimore, the normal route for all

pieces that wound up here from the 1850s to the 1930s.  Baltimore was the market of choice, and of convenience.  An item ordered by steamboat at the beginning of the week, usually was here by the end of the week, or at least by the start of the following week.

These pieces are typical of the glass produced at the Ohio factories during that period.  The light blue color gives them away as to date.  I suspect they are from the Fostoria Company, but many of the other Ohio manufacturers made similar wares, thus making the producer difficult to ascribe without a label or bill of sale.

The light wear on the bottoms is a good sign.  After 80 years one would expect to find it.  Whenever working with glass items, I always look at the bottoms first to see if they exhibit appropriate normal wear, but I caution readers that modern forgeries often do as well.  In the latter cases the wear results from rubbing the pieces back and forth across a marble or granite slab; by so-doing one can produce the equivalent of lengthy wear in a short amount of time.

This pair is a fine example of American Depression-era glassware.  The pair, which fortunately has stayed together with neither member having been broken, is worth $65.   With the tornadoes that have hit the Northern Neck and Middle Peninsula this past weekend, one can appreciate the abiding practicality of keeping candlesticks, as well as candles, on hand.

Happy Antiquing!

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