Marbro Lamp Co. was founded by Morris Markoff and his brother - the name of the company is actually a combination of their names.
"I am Morris Markoff’s eldest granddaughter. While my grandfather was the consummate salesman, Elliott, his brother was the "inside" man who could visualize the mechanical aspect. They started their business around 1935 (not 1945 as commonly misstated) at***** until they moved to 1615 S. Los Angeles Street. They came to this business after working for their uncle William who started the Rembrandt Lighting Company in Chicago (1920). My grandfather arrived in Los Angeles June 1929 to begin a new venture, and encouraged Elliott and another worker to move with him and start a new business. He started traveling around the globe in the late 40’s (I have photos of them in Europe ca. 1950) to purchase objects from manors and auctions in England, France, Italy, etc. and to set up design collaborations with specialty fabricators to provide quality components. The prices you stated are generally accurate. Quality materials, design and production are reason for maintaining and increased high value."
Many of these Holly Regency style Marbro brass lamps were made. They generally have a estimated retail value of $650-800 assuming good condition and depending on sale location.
For example, It would sell for more in a larger city than it would in a smaller city.
Online auctions like eBay generally bring wholesale selling prices.
If you would like to sell close to estimated retail, some ideas are:
The internet has your largest audience of buyers. Place small ads on these sites or set up your own small store on these sites.
Be sure to specify local pick up only for large items. That way the buyer would be responsible for obtaining his own insurance and transport.
Accept PayPal only.
Etsy.com - small fees - 20 cents to list plus 3.5% final price.
Or your nearest CraigsList.com where you can list items for free. Accept cash only.
These sites are excellent and more upscale but fees are higher. I only recommend them if you have several items to sell.
In general, a private seller to a dealer, via consignment or at auction can expect 30-60% of estimated retail value.
Insurance replacement values are usually about 10% more than retail values.
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