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shanemichael

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Stiffel lamps value?
« on: October 21, 2012, 05:39:45 PM »
My wife and I were given these lamps by her grandmother. They are supposedly Stiffel brass lamps. I have done quite a bit of research online and can't seem to find this particular type. I am wondering whether or not they appear to be Stiffel lamps and if so, how much they might be worth? Thanks in advance.

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Re: Stiffel lamps value?
« Reply #1 on: October 21, 2012, 06:36:28 PM »
found these on Etsy @ $240....have tried to link them but its not working,but was able to save the image,they don,t have the square chunky base but they are similar

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Re: Stiffel lamps value?
« Reply #2 on: October 21, 2012, 06:48:56 PM »
Their called Hollywood Regency mid century....1950,s...here,s another pair, but not with the square plinth like base

http://www.ebay.com/itm/Vintage-STIFFEL-LAMP-REGENCY-MID-CENTURY-9-NAKED-CHERUBS-BRASS-PORCELAIN-CERAMIC-/330799319707?pt=Antiques_Decorative_Arts&hash=item4d052d0a9b
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Re: Stiffel lamps value?
« Reply #3 on: October 21, 2012, 07:21:47 PM »
Thanks for the info! Those ones from Etsy look quite a bit like our ones. I was planning on asking for $150 four our pair, so it looks like I may not be too far off.

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Re: Stiffel lamps value?
« Reply #4 on: October 21, 2012, 07:30:36 PM »
Seems reasonable.
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Re: Stiffel lamps value?
« Reply #5 on: October 21, 2012, 10:11:41 PM »
     What is it about Stiffel lamps anyway, see these at the Auction house a lot, and people are paying out the nose for these, personnally never seem to like them, they always seem to lack personnality to me.  I know little about lamps but just like to know what I am missing about stiffel?

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Re: Stiffel lamps value?
« Reply #6 on: October 22, 2012, 05:33:42 AM »
I would have to assume that they're unusually well constructed? Obviously you're buying the name as well.

I'm mystified by the whole "mid century" thing anyway. It's mass produced; there's little craftsmanship, no "soul" if you will, and not much in the way of interesting manufacturing materials. And please, nobody shoot back examples such as Eames chairs built with rosewood, you know perfectly well what I mean.

It seems to be about a look, whether ironic, sincere, or both in the Warholian sense. It's hard to believe that it will still be around 10 years from now.

Still, any interest in the past is better than no interest in the past.
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Re: Stiffel lamps value?
« Reply #7 on: October 22, 2012, 11:57:24 AM »
I don't find them to be particularly attractive or interesting. I believe there are a couple factors that contribute to their value. As someone noted, they are very sturdy and well built. I would say each one weighs approximately15-20 pounds and is well constructed. They also contain a decent amount of brass, which seems to be going for about $1.50-$2.50 a pound. And finally there is the name recognition that someone mentioned. I personally don't find them very aesthetically pleasing, which is part of why we are getting rid of them; but you don't seem to find the kind of craftsmanship they have anymore either.

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Re: Stiffel lamps value?
« Reply #8 on: October 22, 2012, 02:12:16 PM »
There's a buyer for everything they say. ;D
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Re: Stiffel lamps value?
« Reply #9 on: October 22, 2012, 03:02:32 PM »
There's a buyer for everything they say. ;D
do you really think so.... ;D ;D
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Re: Stiffel lamps value?
« Reply #10 on: October 22, 2012, 04:39:12 PM »
 ;D ;D You may have to give it away for next to nothing though,lol!
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Re: Stiffel lamps value?
« Reply #11 on: October 22, 2012, 05:58:36 PM »
It would,nt be the first time...i can assure, i,ve had one or two turkeys in my time....now my motto is, "once bitten twice shy"...... :D
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Re: Stiffel lamps value?
« Reply #12 on: October 23, 2012, 05:26:50 AM »
"once bitten twice shy"......

Wasn't it Ian Hunter that said that?
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Re: Stiffel lamps value?
« Reply #13 on: October 23, 2012, 07:13:50 AM »
Noooooooooo!..he copied it...its an old English idiom....


http://www.usingenglish.com/reference/idioms/once+bitten,+twice+shy.html
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Re: Stiffel lamps value?
« Reply #14 on: October 23, 2012, 08:09:40 AM »
I know. Joking!!
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