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Offline honeybunny

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« on: November 03, 2005, 02:25:36 PM »
Probably 5 years ago there was a green glass Davidson Globe on ebay- in the final seconds went from hundreds to over $4,000.  It was beautiful.
I've never seen one again, does someone have a picture?
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« Reply #1 on: November 03, 2005, 05:23:56 PM »
There is a photograph at www.cloudglass.com.   Follow the links Cloud Glass — Davidson — Table Lamps and then scroll down a little.   Then imagine it in green cloud.

Back in 1936 the ex factory gate wholesale price of the Good Companion lamp was just under $2.00, working to an exchange rate then of approximately 1 English penny = 1 US cent.   This indicates a likely retail price for the Globe lamp then of between $5.00 and $10.00.

Now why didn't my grandfather invest in a warehouse full of them and other such delights?

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« Reply #2 on: November 04, 2005, 01:40:12 PM »
Thanks Bernard.  I wonder where they all are....

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« Reply #3 on: November 05, 2005, 07:14:55 AM »
Quote from: "honeybunny"
Thanks Bernard.  I wonder where they all are....

"all" is perhaps an overstatement!

Checking the green cloud production figures published in www.cloudglass.com reveals that Davidson only made 27 of the large size and 60 of the small.

Taking into account the vulnerability of the lamp, I doubt whether more than a handful have survived.   Now that is really rare.  I am surprised that the bidding finished at such a modest sum!

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« Reply #4 on: November 05, 2005, 09:35:53 AM »
These were not uncommon when I had my shop in the 1980's specialising in lighting, I had quite a few through my hands and they were relatively easy to find. In those early days of Art Deco collecting they were of course highly saleable. I had never even tried to ID who made them back then and as far as I can recall they sold around the 40 to 50 pound mark. Mostly sourced from house clearances so 40 to 50 was good value.

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« Reply #5 on: November 06, 2005, 05:15:26 PM »
Hi Honeybunny

Attached should be a photograph of a small green Davidsons globe lamp.
This was taken about 10 years ago.
Of the 3 that I have been aware of that were sold neither yours nor Franks price could be considered average. In fact about 20 years ago the amber ones were selling for between 300 to 500 GBP.....so Franks was certainly a bargain centre in those days of yore.
The 3 (all small ) green ones were bought at approx 300 to 400 GBP.

http://tinypic.com/fdbzar.jpg

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Gareth

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« Reply #6 on: November 06, 2005, 05:36:46 PM »
Perhaps there were other makes very similar. I had no idea of what they were at the time and concentrated on earlier lighting as Art Deco was not very popular then.

 

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