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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.