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AppraiserJM, Antiques and Collectibles Researcher
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My friend has been researching what he calls s Crystal a

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My friend has been researching what he calls his Crystal a card for many years I've never been able to find anything like it I told him I would help him I started to look to but have not been able to find something exactly the same. It is large and very heavy. I will send the exact measurements shortly but my estimation is it's close to 2 feet tall can you provide any insight on this gorgeous piece?
Submitted: 10 months ago.
Category: Antiques
Expert:  rarewares replied 10 months ago.

Thanks for requesting me on this. Have you ever removed it from the base and looked in strong window light for an etched glass mark on the bottom or side? I have attached an example of what to look for.

Customer: replied 10 months ago.

Ok I will ask him to try this and will let u know

Expert:  rarewares replied 10 months ago.


Customer: replied 10 months ago.
No signature but the base is bronze...any info at all would be great!!!
Expert:  rarewares replied 10 months ago.

Thank you.

This is a circa mid to late 1800's crystal acorn newel post with bronze base, maker unknown.

I added photos of how these pieces were used, and by the size of the one your friend has,

it was in a very large home with an impressive staircase.

My first impression is that this is a European piece, possibly French (Baccarat Glass) in origin.

The value is $600 to $800 retail.

Do click the stars after you have read this answer.

Customer: replied 10 months ago.
It certainly looks like the finial however on this one the whole top Crystal cover comes off the bottom part is a bowl and then the top part very heavy is the top over the bowl so I'm wondering if it could be something else since that would be precarious on a staircase?
Expert:  rarewares replied 10 months ago.

You are correct. I was not aware that it came apart and that would eliminate it as a newel post.

I would have to put my tail between my legs and quietly walk away on this one and say I don't know what it is!

Would you like for me to open this up for another expert to answer?

Customer: replied 10 months ago.
please pass it on as we are very curious about this piece..thank you very much!
Expert:  rarewares replied 10 months ago.

Sure, it has been great working with you and I hope you will still consider me for other items. I will not be able to respond here once I opt-out, so good luck!

Expert:  AppraiserJM replied 10 months ago.

Good morning,

My name is*****'m a certified appraiser, and I'd be happy to help.

Is the bottom bowl solid, or does it have a hole in it?

Is it attached to the bronze base, or just resting on it?


Customer: replied 10 months ago.
it is solid and glued to the base the whole item is very heavy..bronze base, even the top of the bowl that comes off is very heavy
Expert:  AppraiserJM replied 10 months ago.

Thanks. Give me some time while I reach out to some colleagues.


Expert:  AppraiserJM replied 10 months ago.

Sorry, I"m also at a loss on this one!