News-Antique.com - Nov 30,-0001 - ALADDIN® COLLECTORS MANUAL & PRICE GUIDE 22 Kerosene Mantle Lamps. 2006 Edition, illustrated, 48 pages, soft color cover, $8.95, plus $1.00 postage USA.
Publisher: J. W. Courter, 3935 Kelley Rd., Kevil, KY 42053.
The world recognized Aladdin® Collectors Manual & Price Guide #22 is the complete reference for collectors, dealers, and users of the famous Aladdin® kerosene lamps. The book is a “collectors manual” and a “guide to prices.” Highly illustrated, the manual identifies and values kerosene Aladdin lamps made from 1908 until 2003. Models of Aladdin kerosene mantle lamps are illustrated for easy identification.
The 2006 edition has been updated with new information for collectors and changes in trends of lamp values since 2004. The demand for rare lamps, moonstone lamps and desirable colors of lamps is strong while demand for common lamps is soft but steady. Availability of lamps on auction websites such as eBay has increased supply. The buyer, however, has a difficult task of evaluating condition and important quality defects. More important are fakes and reproductions where the bidder cannot closely inspect the lamp offered for sale.
Buyers beware! Reproductions offered for sale cause alarm and collectors must know and beware of new lamps, shades and accessories in the market. Information and illustrations in Guide #22 tell how to identify reproduction lamps and shades. This section will keep you from paying high prices for “new” lamps and shades. Do not pay hundreds of dollars for a lamp that “looks old,” costs less than $50 and is worthless to a collector.
Aladdin lamp prices range from fifty dollars for common lamps to several thousand dollars for rare Aladdin lamps. The record price paid for an Aladdin lamp—$20,000—was paid in an eBay sale last year. The value reflects the current emphasis on quality and rarity. The manual describes how to evaluate condition that is critical to establish value.
The Collectors Manual gives tips for collectors under the major headings—“How to Determine The Collector Value of Aladdin Lamps;” “Collecting Kerosene Aladdins;” “Using Wick Raiser Knobs to Identify Models;” “Collecting Alacite;” “How to Light Your Aladdin;” "Interchangeability of Aladdin Parts" and “How To Tell New Lamps From Original Aladdins.”
For more information on Aladdin lamps, The National Association of Aladdin Lamp Collectors and the International Lamp Show & Sale please see the website: http://www.aladdincollectors.org. Aladdin® is a registered trademark of Aladdin Industries LLC, Nashville, Tennessee. Free eight page history of Aladdin lamps upon request.