Need Help Identifying and possibly locating a date for this antique

Need Help Identifying and possibly locating a date for this antique

Post by Elizabeth LaMond » Wed, 08 Aug 2001 10:00:09



My fiance and I went to an estate auction and picked up a few items. Maybe
someone can help me figure out how much they may be possibly worth.

1) A Spice Rack Radio- we have dated it to 1956 and it is in mint condition.
I don't remember the manufacturer.

2) a Beveled Glass top coffee table the top is held on to the base by a
brass fixture. The base is gold ceramic. We do know the table was handed
down from Father to Daughter. The glass top weighs alot.

3) Okay this one is a doosy we don't know what this is called but I will
explain what it is and what it does.

it takes an old negative (black and white) and you put it between 2 pieces
of glass then you put some kind of photo paper on the top piece of glass and
close the top Once it is closed theis object will transfer the negetive
picture to the paper. It takes Photo Light Bulbs.

I refer to it as a Negetive copier but I have no idea when it was made. It
is in perfect condition with no scratches or nicks. It has 8 of the original
bulbs it needs to function and it does work.  I have asked others my senior
in the age range of 60 to 75 if they know what it is and when it was made
and they say they never heard of it.
An antique dealer who wants to give us 100.00 for it said it is dated from
the late 1800's to the early 1900's. needless to say it is still in our
possession.

Does anyone have any idea how much this would be worth?

 
 
 

Need Help Identifying and possibly locating a date for this antique

Post by Dennis Thomps » Wed, 08 Aug 2001 22:34:26


Quote:
>3) Okay this one is a doosy we don't know what this is called but I will
>explain what it is and what it does.

>it takes an old negative (black and white) and you put it between 2 pieces
>of glass then you put some kind of photo paper on the top piece of glass and
>close the top Once it is closed theis object will transfer the negetive
>picture to the paper. It takes Photo Light Bulbs.

It's a contact printer. It is the way photographs are made when they don't need
to be enlarged. Nothing unusual about it, they are still in use today. Many
professional photographers will put a whole roll of negatives in the contact
printer and make a print of the whole thing to refer to. That's why when you
use a modern graphics program and combine a bunch of thumbnail photos into one
large photo, it is still called a contact sheet.

DT