Will owner light up upon learn­ing value of can­de­labra?

The Palm Beach Post - Residences - - Residences Treasure Coast / North - Anne Gil­bert

Ques­tion: This beau­ti­ful pair of can­de­labra was a wed­ding gift to my grand­par­ents, and I re­cently in­her­ited them. They aren’t sil­ver, and they don’t tar­nish. On the bot­tom is the name “Ha­ge­nauer.” What kind of metal are they? Is Ha­ge­nauer the de­signer or the maker? What’s their age and value?

An­swer: Your can­de­labra are chrome-plated and were made in the 1930s or ’40s by Aus­trian sculp­tor Franz Ha­ge­nauer (1906-1986). Chrome ob­jects first be­came pop­u­lar in the 1930s with young couples who couldn’t af­ford ster­ling sil­ver. In those days, chrome cost only a few dol­lars. It made a come­back as a collectible two decades ago, and prices keep go­ing up.

First made by the Chase Brass and Cop­per Co. in Water­bury, Conn., chrome at­tracted top de­sign­ers in Amer­ica and abroad. When WorldWar II started and most met­als were needed, chrome was re­placed by alu­minum. By 1945, there were many mak­ers of chrome items, from cock­tail shak­ers to sculp­tures and book­ends.

An item’s value de­pends on its rar­ity and de­signer. In ad­di­tion to Ha­ge­nauer, other fa­mous de­sign­ers in­clude Rock­well Kent and Rus­sel Wright. At auc­tion, your can­de­labra could fetch $900 to $1,200.

To learn about your an­tique, send a photo, along with its his­tory, size, any sig­na­tures and a self­ad­dressed stamped en­ve­lope and $25, to Anne Gil­bert, P.O. Box 740136, Boyn­ton Beach, FL 33437.

This pair of can­de­labra from the mid-20th cen­tury might be worth up to $1,200.

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