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Author Topic: PLease help identify these antique bulbs!  (Read 100 times)

Offline Iameos

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PLease help identify these antique bulbs!
« on: December 06, 2018, 09:55:31 am »
Hello all! I could really use some help. My 99 year old grandfather recently went into a home. I am trying to help sort through his belongings to sell for his medical care.  Came across a box of bulbs. Any advice on what they are and where to sell and value would be highly appreciated!!!Thank you so much in advance!!! :)
Because of the limited space, I will have to list the rest separately in the comments.
« Last Edit: December 06, 2018, 01:35:53 pm by Iameos »

Offline Iameos

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Re: PLease help identify these antique bulbs!
« Reply #1 on: December 06, 2018, 09:57:04 am »
2nd bulb

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Re: PLease help identify these antique bulbs!
« Reply #2 on: December 06, 2018, 09:57:45 am »
3rd bulb

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4th

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Re: PLease help identify these antique bulbs!
« Reply #4 on: December 06, 2018, 09:59:56 am »
5th. This one is separated from the base but everything is still intact.

Offline cmshapiro

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Re: PLease help identify these antique bulbs!
« Reply #5 on: December 06, 2018, 09:37:53 pm »
It appears that everything that you found came from a site that used the Brush Swan base and socket, which is one of the more scarce base and socket styles.

Bulbs 1,3,4 and 5 are all later, c 1900 examples of a very common bulb form but with a scarce base.

bulb 2 is a Shelby brand bulb with a Brush Swan base, which is a very nice find as Shelby bulbs have a good following.

Along with bulb 5 is an original Brush Swan socket, another great find.

While I dont need any Brush Swan sockets or bulbs to fill any spots in my collection, others will like to purchase these and you should do well with them.

I would value bulb 2 at $400-500, the socket with bulb 5 at $400-500, and the rest of the bulbs (except the damaged based one) at $200-300.

 I know a few collectors who would be interested in these, feel free to contact me at cmshapiro@me.com and I can connect you directly with them. The market is kind of weak on ebay for the past 5-6 months, but that is another avenue, but I think by the time you deal with the weak market, and then ebay/paypal fee's, you may do better with direct buyers who are fair and serious collectors.