Complete questionnaire below and email the answers to me.
I will contact you if I have any questions.
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1) The appraiser has no present or future interest in purchasing the client's
lamp. Conducting an appraisal while negotiating for purchase involve conflicting
2) Lamp appraisals may or may not include historical information and are based
upon recent selling prices for similar lamps and other research including
auctions, publications, present market trends, condition and other value and
historical resources. Since 1979 I have invested countless hours researching
lamps, lamp companies, artists, history and art history. I have compiled a
library of costly and sometimes rare books, publications, photos, professional
contacts and other literature.
3) The appraisal purpose is to provide current estimate of fair market value of
the client's lamp and may contain historical information (full appraisals only).
The fair market value is the agreed price between a willing buyer and seller,
neither under any compulsion to buy or sell, and both parties having reasonable
knowledge of relevant information and facts of the lamp.
4) The appraised fair market value is not a guarantee of a selling price. The
fair market value is based upon research of actual sales transactions and upon
other value resources, auctions, publications, market trends, condition and
other research. If an error is made in the appraisal, the appraiser's liability
is limited to the amount of the appraisal fee.
5) The appraisal is based upon the information provided about the lamp by the
client and assumes no hidden conditions or hidden information. All information
must be revealed by the client to insure an accurate appraisal. The appraisal
results are private information for the appraiser and the client. No part or copy
of the appraisal may be used by anyone other than the client without previous
written consent of the appraiser.
6) This appraisal is prepared for the client's use at client's own risk. The
client has no remedy for any damages. The appraiser shall not be held liable and
the client will have no remedy for damages for any claim of any kind whatsoever
concerning the client's use of the appraisal regardless, of legal theory, and
whether arising in tort or contract. In no event will the appraiser be liable to
the client for any special, indirect, incidental, or consequential damages of
any kind including but not limited to compensation, reimbursement, or damages on
account of the loss of present or prospective profits or for any other reason
7) Several photographs may be required in order to perform the appraisal. All
photographs and images become the property of the Hoyle Industries Incorporated
DBA Lamp & Home Outlet and are not
8) Completion of the questionnaire below constitutes your agreement with the
Questionnaire - Complete and Return
1) OVERALL HEIGHT: Lamp or chandelier fixture overall height (explain exactly
where you are measuring
2) HEIGHT: Lamp or chandelier fixture height from the very bottom or base to the top
of the uppermost socket
where the light bulb screws in
3) BASE WIDTH: Lamp or lighting fixture base width across the very bottom of the
4) BODY WIDTH: Lamp or lighting fixture body width across the widest portion - excluding the
5) MATERIAL: Brass, bronze, steel, zinc, copper, iron, wood, glass, etc.
6) SHADE WIDTH: Across the widest part (usually the shade bottom)
7) SHADE HEIGHT: Vertical measurement straight up and down - top to bottom
8) * MARKINGS: Important ! Read below first !
LAMP BASE MARKINGS:
LAMP BASE ELECTRICAL SOCKETS MARKINGS:
LAMP BASE ELECTRICAL CLUSTER BODY MARKINGS:
9) NUMBER of ELECTRICAL SOCKETS does the lighting fixture have
10) LIGHT BULB SIZE that fits the electrical sockets (standard, candelabra,
11) CONDITION of the body, structure, glass, finish, electrical
components: Poor, Fair, Good, Excellent, Mint,
Explain in detail please..
12) REPAIRS of any kind that were ever made on the lamp, shade or chandelier
13) PROVENANCE: When, Who, Where, How - List all known history and information
about the all previous
owners. All details are very important. Please
take time to be clear and complete.
14) AMOUNT PAID, WHEN, WHERE, WHO for this lighting fixture, list all complete
details (U.S. Dollars)
15) FIRST DATE that you recall seeing this lighting fixture for the first time
16) VISUAL APPEARANCE indicating the lighting fixture is "OLD" - explain
17) OTHER INFORMATION about the lamp, shade or chandelier fixture age, style,
name, origin and value
19) MATERIAL TESTS:
A) Metal Test: Magnets attract iron/steel and do not attract brass/bronze and
zinc alloys. If the magnet attracts then you are finished and the material is
iron/steel. Otherwise, there is an additional test that will determine if your
metal is zinc alloy or genuine brass/bronze. This additional test requires that
a small new scratch be made UNDERNEATH the metal somewhere that will not be
seen. You decide whether or not you want to conduct this additional scratch
test. If you decide to do the scratch test then the new scratch will be
yellow/golden if the material is brass/bronze. The new scratch will be
silver/gray if the material is spelter (zinc alloy). Use a good strong light and
a magnifier glass to be sure.
B) Porcelain Test: You may carefully and gently tap with your fingernail.
Porcelain has a higher pitch sound reflecting its greater density whereas
ceramic has a lower pitch somewhat flatter sound that reflects its being more
C) Wood Test: Sometimes you can smell the wood. If not, you may consider
carefully making a small new scratch UNDERNEATH the material somewhere that will
never be seen. You decide whether or not you want to do this test. If you decide
to do the new scratch test then the wood grains are linear (longer) whereas
composite grains are granular (shorter).
* MARKINGS: Some lamp and shade markings are obvious but many markings are like
hunting for buried treasure. Often lamps and shades were not marked as advertisements
but as a matter of record.
LAMP BASE - Look under the lamp base, under any felt, around the electrical
bodies (cluster), on the electrical sockets, on the shaft, at the top... 100 % of the lamp
base structure must be examined.
SHADE - Look over the entire surface outside and inside the shade, around the
top edges, around the bottom edges. Some shade markings are the size of a pencil
LOOK CAREFULLY as any markings could have a very dramatic effect on your
Many markings were very small.