Various Birds

TV lamps representing swan, ducks and rooster abound, but a few other birds, such as quail, flamingos, parrots and pheasants, were represented as well. The flamingo lamps (particularly those made by Lane & Co.) are extremely popular as a "cross-over" collectible.

Kron Bird value:  rarity:
This is the Texans Incorporated K200 Bird Paradise TV Lamp.  The colors and detail on this one are simply stunning! It was also made in black and in turquoise, and all colors are extremely rare. Photos courtesy of Woodland Trace Collectibles/Bill Keller, Knoxville, TN.
back view A back-view of the Kron/Texans Inc. bird.
Kron Signature The ®Kron marking is prominently displayed on the back.
Lane Bluebirds value:  rarity:
A beautiful and relatively uncommon Lane, it has the distinctive "look" that's common to their products. Photo courtesy of Woodland Trace Collectibles/Bill Keller, Knoxville, TN.
Lane Yellow Birds value:  rarity:
This Lane is a lovely companion piece to the one above. Photo courtesy of Woodland Trace Collectibles/Bill Keller, Knoxville, TN.
Royal Fleet pea fowl value:  rarity:
The gold highlights over red on this Royal Fleet "Two Doves" TV lamp is a knock-out! Photo courtesy of Chris, in Winlock, WA.
Royal Fleet pea fowl Same Royal Fleet as shown above, this time in white. Photos courtesy of R.L. Rising of Rising Sky Artworks.
pea fowl value:  rarity:
I've got some doubt as to this example having been manufactured by Royal Fleet. The resemblance to the previous TV lamp is obvious, only this one is unmarked and appears stylistically to be the work of a different designer. I suspect that one designer "borrowed" the basic form and interpreted it, adding it to the line of another company. The final glaze on this TV lamp has an iridescent, mother-of-pearl quality. The depression in the front was probably intended to be a candy dish.
Norfleet TV Lamp value:  rarity:
These pigeons or pea fowl make up the only TV lamp I can think of that has the Norfleet marking. It is more often found marked Royal Fleet.
Norfleet TV Lamp Back view of the Norfleet birdies.
Norfleet TV Lamp The Norfleet marking is on the back, below the light fixture. It reads, © Norfleet Calif.
Gonder Seagull value:  rarity:
This design from Gonder Ceramic Arts might be the only time a seagull has been the subject of a TV lamp. Photo courtesy of Nancy Garneau, Woonsocket, RI.
Cardinals value:  rarity:
Pretty glazes on this Cardinals TV lamp. Photos courtesy of Corrine Willard from Connecticut.
Cardinals Overhead view of the previous lamp shows the bulb mounted in a planter-like opening. Some manufacturers sold a given piece as either a planter or, with fixture and bulb, a TV lamp.
Cali-Co bird value:  rarity:
A seldom-seen Cali-Co of California lamp, with a distinctive style that's unlike other makers bird lamps. Photos courtesy of Mike Bartch.
Cali-Co bird Back view of the Cali-Co bird TV lamp. The bottom is marked "Cali-Co of Calif 53".
Cali-Co bird value:  rarity:
The red and green Cali-Co bird lamp above was the only type I'd seen, but then this unusual airbrushed version turned up at an antique mall in Hillsboro, scarcely looks like the same lamp!
Cali-Co bird Here's a look at the back of the airbrushed bird.
Maddux Quail value:  rarity:
Not too many Quail TV lamps around! Maddux gave the subject a nice treatment. This is one that you're not apt to come across very often. Photos courtesy of Woodland Trace Collectibles/Bill Keller, Knoxville, TN.
back view Another look at the Maddux Quail lamp.
Fuhry TV lamp value:  rarity:
This bird (eagle?) TV lamp shares nothing stylistically with other known Fuhry & Sons products, and is seldom seen. Photos courtesy of Woodland Trace Collectibles/Bill Keller, Knoxville, TN.
Fuhry label The eagle still carries an original Fuhry & Sons paper label.
Fuhry bird Here's a variation of the bird above, this one with different color glaze and airbrushed color. There is no marking on this example, and the Fuhry & Sons paper label is gone. This lamp was found covered with dust in an antique shop window, looking like it had been waiting for a buyer for quite some time!
Fuhry bird Back view.
Crane value:  rarity:
At 15½" tall, this California Originals crane TV lamp is really impressive. It also looks great when switched-on! California Originals called it the L-709 Water Bird Planter Lamp. Photos courtesy of Linda Buchanan, Newbury Park, CA.
back view Back view of the Calif. Originals Crane.
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Anyone know what kind of bird is represented on this TV lamp? Regardless, the lamp is a beauty! Photos courtesy of Global Auctions, Columbus, IN.
A look at the back of lamp reveals an appropriately colored bulb.
Here's a close-up of the airbrush work on the exotic bird TV lamp.
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This unmarked chalkware TV lamp is elegantly designed and beautifully colored. Photo courtesy of Brian Moore from Groveport, Ohio.
Tilso Bluejay TV Lamp value:  rarity:
Tilso made a beautiful, elaborate bluejay TV lamp. Photos courtesy of an eBayer from Colorado.
Tilso Bluejay TV Lamp Back-view of the Tilso bluejay lamp.
American Art Potteries TV Lamp value:  rarity:
This is a frequently seen TV lamp from American Art Potteries that depicts two cardinals perched above a planter.
American Art Potteries TV Lamp This detail shows the beautiful blended glaze that is typically found on this lamp. The bird figurines and planter/lamp portions were cast separately and fused together during firing.
Claes TV Lamp value:  rarity:
I've got to apologize for always carrying on about the rarity of many of the Claes designs...but this one is really, really rare! Stylistically it is not characteristic of Claes work, and was also made with a green finish. Photos courtesy of an eBayer from Chippewa Falls, WI.
Claes TV Lamp Here's the back view.
Claes TV Lamp Here's the green version of Claes' parrot TV lamp. Photos courtesy of David Hawkinson.
Claes TV Lamp Back-view of the green Claes parrot lamp.
Lane TV Lamp value:  rarity:
This TV lamp from Lane & Co. is not found too often, but is a beautiful design. Photos courtesy of Sissy from Granite City, Illinois.
Lane TV Lamp The designer made clever use of light, with the bulb illuminating the background while silhouetting the birds against it. On the back is the date 1960.
Lane TV Lamp Here's a detail, showing one of the colorful birds against the raised background design.
Lane TV Lamp Here is another look.
A.W. Reiser TV Lamp value:  rarity:
The A.W. Reiser peacock lamp is an early, unusual design. Photos courtesy of Linda Knauss of Indianapolis, Indiana.
A.W. Reiser TV Lamp Here's a close-up of the peacock.
A.W. Reiser TV Lamp Back view.
A.W. Reiser TV Lamp The marking reads Infringements Prosecuted, A.W. Reiser, Toledo, Ohio.
Maddux TV Lamp value:  rarity:
The Maddux of California Cockatoo TV lamp is beautifully sculpted! Photos courtesy of R.L. Rising of Rising Sky Artworks.
Haeger Peacock TV Lamp value:  rarity:
The Haeger peacock TV lamp is a nice design, and found in several colors. Photos courtesy of Diana Harpel-Harvey from Brilliant Sun House of Glass.
Haeger Peacock TV Lamp Back view.
Haeger Peacock TV Lamp Close-up of the pretty peacock.
Lane Parrot value:  rarity:
Lane's parrot TV lamp is a beauty! Photos courtesy of Char Korcz of Carpentersville, Illinois.
Lane Parrot Back view.  This one still has the foil Lane & Co. label.
Royal Fleet TV Lamp value:  rarity:
I'd like to give this Royal Fleet Seagull lamp a sixth star for rarity, as this is the only one I've seen!
Royal Fleet TV Lamp Here it is on all its glowing splendor.
Royal Fleet TV Lamp Back view.
Royal Fleet TV Lamp The marking is very crisp and legible, this lamp obviously having been cast from a new (newish) mold.
California Originals TV Lamp value:  rarity:
Elegant birds like this were a prominent part of California Originals line, and their fragile nature probably accounts for their rarity today.
California Originals TV Lamp Back view.

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