I have been all over the internet trying to find information on these figural lamps by Continental Art Company. I am sure they are from the late 1950's and they are chalkware but I have no idea on what the value may be? They have the 3 tier fiberglass shades which I think are pretty desirable correct? I don't have any idea on how I would ship these though because they are so heavy and the circumfrance of the shades is hugh! Any input or suggestions would be very appreciated! I would like to list them soon!!! Thanks everyone!!!
We don't like to give values on the boards, for a number of reasons. Your best bet is to watch ebay for a bit and look at ended auctions.
I can tell you that they are very desirable. I've sold quite a few of them over the years including the pair you've shown.
If you show the mark, that can help a bit to narrow down the age, but it really isn't all that important if you decide to sell.
The biggest factor is safely packaging the lamps. It is a project, but due to the weight it's really important to do it right. They will be quite expensive to ship, but buyers of these lamps expect that.
I buy 4x8 sheets of 2" thick white styrofoam boards at Home Depot and cut them to line the box. You need to ship the lamps and shades separately, though you may be able to ship in just two boxes. You'll need plenty of large bubble wrap or heavy microfoam.
When I ship a single lamp I put it in a 12x12 tall box, then put that one into a 15x15x30 (actual height depends on the lamp), or use the 15x15 tall box and put that one inside a larger box. In either case I put styrofoam between the two boxes.
One of the most important things is to make sure that nothing can move when you're finished and that no arm or other part is receiving undue pressure at the side of the box.
For the shades, wrap gently with microfoam, bubble wrap or even tissue, and firmly fill the box with peanuts.
Depending on where you get the boxes and materials, you're probably looking at a minimum of $25 in supplies.
Best bet for shipping is FedEx or DHL ground; open an online account if you don't have one (no cost to do so and it gets you their best rates.) UPS rates through paypal will be comparable if you sign up for the daily rate as they just announced.
The lamps look like they may have some yellow build up from smoke. I'd say carefully clean them and take plenty of good pictures and you should be very pleased with the result. Just make sure you pack them well; I've heard a number of horror stories from buyers about lamps that arrived in pieces.
oldcountrybarn gives good advice on packaging. Easiest mistake on ones like these is to underestimate importance of packaging the shades, since they aren't as obviously fragile as the plaster bases. Truth is, the shades are rarer than the bases (though these bases are exceptional). Joints on the wire frames are sometimes brittle and need to be well cushioned or they'll snap.
Be sure and describe any damage to shade & lacing.
Re price, we got $90 for the last singleton we sold from this pair.
I sent a similar shade to England once. I put it in a large garbage bag, filled the shade with packing peanuts, taped the bag tightly & then bubble wrapped all around. It went in a large box with several inches of packing peanuts & I'm happy to say it arrived safely.
That's how I pack all my shades.
I wish I would have found those lamps. They are so awesome!
They were my mother's and I remember them as a kid growing up I thought they were so ugly! I still have not listed them. I am scared at the whold shipping idea. I am either considering listing as a local pick up or at the buyers expense have pak mail box and ship them. I have used them in the past for high priced items that were very fragile and have had wonderful success but it is pricey to use them! Not sure how I will decide to do this yet!!! Everyone has been so helpful though and I appreciate it so much!!!