Dear John: About 20 years ago, this cameo glass lamp in the photograph was purchased at an estate sale for $550. The price tag said it was made by Galle Glass. We still love it and when we light it at night it is beautiful. We have enjoyed your column in the Citrus County Chronicle for years and wonder what you can tell us about our lamp? — R.Z., internet
Dear R.Z.: Cameo glass made during the 19th and the first part of the 20th century has been a specific category of collecting. Emile Gallé, 1846-1904, in Lyons, France, became famous worldwide for his beautiful Art Nouveau cameo glass lamps.
The cameo glass lamp you own is nice quality and made currently by a company in New York named Galle Glass that has no connection to the original Emile Gallé. The price you paid was a bargain. The original retail price would have been over $1,000.
Dear John: I read your very interesting articles and now have a question. I have a cap gun used at the Fourth of July. One side states “Redeo,” the other side “Hulley.” The handle is a cream color. I do not know what the material is.
Do you have any idea what year this type of cap gun was made, and does it have any value? Thank you kindly. By the way, it is in excellent condition. — R.P., Dunnellon
Dear R.P.: Cap guns are a category of collector interest. The variety and types are almost endless. Sears and Roebuck, Montgomery Ward, and other catalogs offered cap guns for sale. In order for me to help you, I need a couple of good clear photographs of each side of your cap gun. I imagine you have created a number of Remember When moments for our readers, myself included, of the first cap gun they were given.
Dear John: Please excuse the white spots on my photograph; they are reflections and not on the drawing. It shows two women and a sailboat at an island somewhere. It is signed at the lower right-hand side of the picture, “Jos. Fagan.” It has been in our family for two generations. What can you tell me about the artist and the value? Thank you in advance. — F.S., internet
Dear F.S.: The photograph is quite clear; the spots and reflection are not a problem. I can see the pencil signature clearly on the lower right in the margin. The picture is an etching, not a drawing.
James Fagan, 1864 to 1940, was a New York artist. His specialty was etchings. There is no other biographical information about him and very little track record of sales. Potential dollar value is below $100.
John Sikorski has been a professional in the antiques business for 30 years. He hosts a call-in radio show, Sikorski’s Attic, on WJUF (90.1 FM) Saturdays from noon to 1 p.m. Send questions to Sikorski’s Attic, P.O. Box 2513, Ocala, FL 34478 or email@example.com.
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