Just today I was having an email conversation with a dealer/collector who has a magnificent metal base from a very rare Candlestick for sale. We were discussing the likelihood of being able to ever find the glass portion for this item, and the saleability of the base alone. As I explained in our conversation, for every one glass component of a Fine Arts Line item, I have seen 50 or 60 metal bases being offered for sale.
Sandy and I never buy a metal Fine Arts Line component unless we already have the correct glass portion that is looking for its metal mate. We cannot be unique in our realization that there are NOT many glass components floating around looking for the base. This should raise the red flag to all that the easy availability and sale of the many metal parts in the marketplace must be serving another purpose. Would anyone care to guess what that purpose is?