"It would be VERY helpful if you had more than a single picture. Description of physical objects is necessarily hard to understand and thus hard to envision how they could be used. Is there a hole in the bottom? Hole in the top? Show the front…"
"See this discussion of lamp with same burner: Link . Yours is missing the shades, and without pics of hidden surfaces impossible to know if it mid-20th century, like the one in the link, or possibly earlier. Value probably not very high since these…"
"You need to show the base, even if there is no mark. Usually you can tell what it is made of by examining the base. I have to assume this is wood; if so it is presumably one of the species of ebony wood from Africa, or could be other wood with ebony…"
"Van Dykes are reproductions, though I would guess yours are not original either (not sure without seeing the inside)?. I used to find originals and many reproductions on ebay years ago, so you may be able to match the single pull you are missing if…"
"Paint looks new onto an older 20th century barrel (rusting galvanized steel rings). Because of new paint and low demand, I think value would be on the low side. I think you'll do very well if you sell it at the price you're offering on…"
"Thank you, very interesting. Do you know of a place (either online or in a book) where known artists/studios that would do this decoration are listed? Or are we left to google what is written, hoping that we'll stumble across something?"
"Besides decorating studios (which sounds like an official workplace), I have been led to believe that many people bought their own blanks in this time-frame and decorated them as they wished. I assume that was true of Noritake blanks also? They…"
I hear ya about figuring all this stuff out :) I sent you a friend request and think we need to be friends LoL so I can send you a message :) I would love to chat with you about this plate and what I'm learning :) All the best!
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