"It is not a painting, but a photo-lithographic print of one, as can be seen in the third photo, showing the enlarged signature and copyright notice. The dots of the photo-lithography process are noticeable."
"I don't know whether refinishing would affect the value of a piece like this, but it looks as though the existing finish has good potential for restoration, with a bit of touching up of worn and scraped areas, cleaning, and waxing."
"The secondary wood looks like oak. I think that means it's likely not to be American. The finish wood, if mahogany is very light, almost bleached mahogany. The piece certainly has a look of age about it."
"The patents date from 1904 and 1908. This appears to be a savings box to be used at home. The design prevents coins and bills from being removed through the openings into which they were deposited. I imagine the box would be brought periodically to…"
"Metal parts might be brass or pot metal, which would not be magnetic. The pole is magnetic as there would be a steel rod going through the middle, regardless of what the visible material is. The poster indicated it was probably rewired, which…"
"Excellent! It certainly is a nice piece! It looks as if it were gold plated originally. If the metal is solid bronze or brass, it would be possible to polish it, though that would probably remove the remaining gold plating. If it isn't solid…"
"My guess is that it is old. Looks too nice to be new. These were often plated metal, and the picture looks as though it is plating rather than paint. If so, to clean it, be very gentle--no abrasives at all. A coat of paste wax would then improve the…"
"Is it possible that the upper half has corroded into place, requiring you to loosen the threaded pieces to remove it? Perhaps the narrow ring at the bottom of the upper glass is supposed to lift out of the wider ring but is stuck in place.…"
"Why Masonic? It's just an ordinary wood floor lamp, probably 1920s-40s. Google "antique wood floor lamp" images and you'll see lots of them. Unlike most of the metal ones, this one had a round shade supported from above…"