"It's a nice frame. I especially like the black and gold leaf border. I think the strips are actually made of wood and are called "biscuits," used to strengthen the joint. I'm not sure about the age, but that type of back-painted…"
"The wood is mahogany, the age around 1830s to 1850s, Empire style. I'm not sure of current values, except that they have dropped considerably over the past several years; possibly a couple of hundred dollars. It's a nice example and…"
"I don't think the 23 refers to the year; it is probably a bit older than that--late 19th or early 20th century. People do collect these, but I don't know the value of this particular one. Try looking up "sold" auctions on ebay…"
"That is a nice find! It looks like nickel or nickel-plating, though in remarkably good condition for having been buried so long. It could be a pocket watch holder. If that is a round glass lens in front, the watch would hang behind…"
"The sockets with acorn-shaped ends on the chains are likely original and should be retained. They can usually be repaired if broken. Lamp collectors like the electrical components to be original. (That doesn't include the wiring itself, but…"
"It looks to me like a lamp from the 1920s or 30s. Probably too late for a leaded-glass shade, but it might have had a stained glass shade in panels (either flat or curved) separated by strips of sheet metal--brass or copper. Or, it could have had an…"
"Thanks! If it were American, I think it is what is called "EAPG" or early American pressed glass, from the 1870s or 1880s. I suppose there is an English equivalent if the maker's mark is in fact English. I'm sure it's…"