Appraisal Questionnaire

Complete questionnaire below and email the answers to me.  I will contact you if I have any questions. Call to arrange payment via credit card, check or money order.

1) The appraiser has no present or future interest in purchasing the client's lamp. Conducting an appraisal while negotiating for purchase involve conflicting interests.
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 whatsoever.
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 returnable.
8) Completion of the questionnaire below constitutes your agreement with the above terms.
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 lamp base
4) BODY WIDTH: Lamp or lighting fixture body width across the widest portion - excluding the base
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 !
9) NUMBER of ELECTRICAL SOCKETS does the lighting fixture have
10) LIGHT BULB SIZE that fits the electrical sockets (standard, candelabra, mogul, etc.) 
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 fixture
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
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 porous.
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 lead !

LOOK CAREFULLY as any markings could have a very dramatic effect on your appraisal. Many markings were very small.