I have this candlestick . . .
and it got broken.
The problem is that a family member broke it during a gathering at my house. I was just going to superglue it back together, but other family members were shocked at this attitude and insist that it should be taken to a very good, but very expensive repair place.
What I know about this candlestick is that it was my grandmother's and possibly my great-grandmother's (my grandparents lived with my great-grandparents for almost all their married lives, which makes it hard to determine who owned what). So I'm guessing from the 1920s, but that's a guess. It's not in the greatest shape, as the color seems to have faded away in spots and there are white dots where the green is just gone.
There's a mark on the bottom:
The glare from the glaze makes it hard to get a clear picture, but it says "The Foley" followed by what looks like an entwined C and W, then "FAIENCE." To the right of that it says, "SPANO-LUSTRA" in quotes and Iridescent Glaze below that.
I just like the colors and the shape, so I'll continue to use it no matter what. But where do you start to look to see if something is valuable and needs expert repair, or it's just pretty and you can fix it yourself? Are there books on this sort of thing? The grief I am getting from family because I dared to put a family "heirloom" to everyday use is beyond belief.