Hello!! This lo is for the 2 Photo Challenge and the Monthly Sketch Challenge week #3 bonus. It is the *brother* piece for my Great Grandfather page. This is some of the journaling that's on the back of the page:
Grandaddy's Tiffany Lamps
Well, the story goes like this….
Sometime between 1921 and 1923, Grandaddy ------------ went to an auction where these two lamps came up for bid. Nothing the auctioneer did would move them, until he threw in a box lot of odds and ends. Grandaddy bought the lot for around $1. He took them home, dusted them off and fell in love with them. Little did Grandaddy know at the time, but these lamps aren't just pretty stained glassed lamps, these are true, Louis Comfort Tiffany lamps, signed and numbered, bases and shades.
Fast forward to my dad's time….
He also always loved Grandaddy's Tiffany's and as he got older he admired the skill in which it took to make them. Dad inherited the lamps sometime in the 1980's. He did lots of research into Louis Comfort Tiffany, his company and his work. He contacted the Tiffany Company in New York, and found out that these two lamps, in this pattern, these colors are so rare, that they don't know of any others like them. WOW!! We were so impressed. The immediately wanted to buy them from him. He politely refused at the time.
In the early 1990's He decided to make a will. He was leaving the lamps to his oldest daughter. Well, when his son, found this out, he hit the ceiling. He wanted the lamps, after all he was the only son. Upon hearing this, the daughter threw a fit because they should be hers…she's the oldest granddaughter. Both swore and declared that if the other got them, they would contest the will. Dad was not a happy camper about this!! When he asked me about whether he should leave it as is and let them fight it out or if he should just sell them, I told him they were his and he should do what he wanted with them. I NEVER in a MILLION years thought he would EVER sell the precious lamps!! We all just loved them, and they reminded us of our time at Grandma house. But, mother didn't like the lamps, and when they found out how much they could get for them, she saw dollar signs and no more lamps in her way, and convinced dad to sell them!! It was a very sad day!! To talk to daughter and son today, neither will fess up to to throwing the fit or claiming to contest the will, but it happened and I think it played a big part in the lamps being sold. They were sold through Lillian Nassau in New York City, in the late 1900's. Make no mistake about it…should I ever come into tons of money, I WILL be trying to buy these back!!
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