Friday's "junkin" trip turned out to be very interesting. I found a set of candlesticks in a very small thrift shop. The little girl and boy fishing caught my eye and since they were only $10, I decided to buy them. Later in the day we were in an antique shop and I saw a set for $400. I asked the shop owner to look at the ones I had purchased earlier and he was so helpful! They are Girandole candlesticks made during the mid 1800's out of cast bronze with a marble base. He said the characters depicted on them were sometimes from a classic novel and mine were probably from David Copperfield. The prisms are not original so that reduces the value but he believed they would still be worth between $200 to $300. The whole experience was like being on the Antique Roadshow.
I found a set in an Etsy shop with the original prisms for $420. If you'd like to see them, search Girandole candlesticks under all sellers in Etsy.
Needless to say, I'm going to sell them if I have an opportunity!