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Antiques Considered - May 29, 2013

Recently a family moved to the Northern Neck where they purchased a house with this chandelier hanging in the dining room.  It does not match their décor, and they have asked how to proceed in selling it, as they are anxious to replace it with a modern fixture.  They do not know the make, nor whether it is crystal or glass.

 

Lighting fixtures can be difficult to sell.  This one does not appear to be an antique, but rather probably less than 50 years old.  It has good lines, and the shades contribute to its overall effect.

Before trying to sell it, I suggest carefully examining the prisms to see if they bear any maker’s mark.  The price differential could be broad between a named piece and an unmarked one.  If the prisms turn out to be Waterford or Baccarat crystal, the chandelier could be worth over $3000, whereas if they are simply modern glass pieces, the value would be in the hundreds, not thousands of dollars.

The task in privately selling a chandelier is in finding a prospective buyer who can visualize it in a particular room setting, especially if it is not hanging on ceiling where the depth and breadth can be grasped more efficiently.   Other potential problems could be the condition of the prisms, whether they have chips or cracks, and the condition of the wiring.  Rewiring an elaborate chandelier can be an expensive undertaking, and should be entrusted to a professional, both to avoid breakage and to insure safety.

This chandelier gives a fine appearance, and indicates being of high quality.  If, upon examination, no identifying mark can be found, it is worth $600 on the retail market.  On the other hand, should it turn out to be Waterford or Baccarat, the value would escalate appreciably.

Happy Antiquing!

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