Miscellaneous TV Lamps

This is the "odds and ends" area for lamps that defy categorization...and sometimes defy description! These are often non-figural TV lamps, many of which are whimsical abstractions that fully capture the essence of mid-century design.

Gilner TV Lamp/Planter Undoubtedly Gilner produced few of these planter/TV lamps, as they are quite scarce. Photos courtesy of Barbara from Fremont, Ohio.
Gilner TV Lamp/Planter Back view of the pink Gilner planter/lamp.
Gilner TV Lamp/Planter The Gilner marking is clearly visible on the bottom.
lamp/planter A rather unusual, seldom seen Kron design which was referred to as the model K140 TV planter lamp. They were originally a two-piece affair, with the gold ceramic figurine cradled between the "points" behind the planter. The K140 designation was followed by a "B", "C" or "D", which indicated whether the gold figurine (missing from this example) was a bird, cat or deer.
lamp/planter The same lamp as above in turquoise.
teddybear This bear TV lamp is in demand today, but production numbers were relatively low, as TV lamp popularity was waning at the time. Was also manufactured as a table lamp.
Kron Fruit Vase This Kron model K196 TV lamp wasn't popular in it's day and is quite rare. Many thanks to David Cole from Bangs, Texas for parting with this great TV lamp!
Kron Fruit Vase Back view of the Kron Fruit Vase. The glaze on this is difficult to describe. It appears to have been cast with a dark brown-violet coloration, then a transparent milky white glaze poured over it...beautiful!
Maddux This beautiful off-white abstraction has gold, green and pink coloration which are better seen in close-up. Rather large at 12" tall, this uncommon Maddux lamp/planter would make a fine addition to anyone's collection. Photos courtesy of Janet Giliberty, St. Petersburg, FL.
Maddux TV Lamp Same design as the Maddux above, this one wears a different finish. Nice! Photos courtesy of eBay seller gwsru2.
Maddux TV Lamp Back view.
Maddux TV Lamp Here's a close-up of the lovely airbrushed glaze.
Jacquelin Capri Lamp It was pointed out to me by Bess W. Metcalf from The Sneaky Kitchen that this Jacquelin TV lamp represents a harp...thanks Bess! I've seen an example of this one that has a label on the back that says: Model 310 Jacquelin "Capri" Lamp. Also found in maroon or green.
brown drip glaze A large yet surprisingly lightweight lamp, this Phil-Mar has a beautiful drip glaze and elegant shape.
lamp/candy dish I recently saw one of these with the original label, and discovered it to be by Phil-Mar. The small area on the front of this lamp was no doubt intended to be used as a candy dish.
Haeger abstraction value:  rarity:
This peculiar design from Haeger Potteries shares little stylistically with their other TV lamps. Rather than using the more typical method of casting, this one appears to have been pressed, a technique more typically employed in the production of ashtrays.
shell This fanciful shell design has a speckled gold top glaze finished with a iridescent coating.
shell A beautifully elegant and detailed shell. Also found in other colors.
shell A simple chartreuse shell TV lamp. The bulb is located in the center, sending light directly upwards.
back view While not marked as to the maker, this lamp does have a remnant of a Canadian CSA-approved label.
fighting horses Modern fiberglass cone mounted on a very classically styled ceramic base. Many similar lamps were made, often with small figurines on either side of the base.
vintage auto This vintage automobile TV lamp is relatively common, yet is the only lamp I've seen that is marked Buckingham Ceramics. It was, in fact, manufactured by McCoy, although the relationship between the two brands is unknown. It is shown here in the most common color, the green that McCoy favored.
Maddux TV lamp I believe we've officially crossed the bounds of good taste with this one! One of the strangest TV lamps I've seen, it in no way resembles any other designs from Maddux. (Or anyone else, for that matter) It is orange with brown lightly scrubbed over it in an "antiqued" fashion, and a red plastic shade to diffuse the light. Photos courtesy of Jared's Antiques, Fine Art, and Collectables, Endicott, NY.
back view From the back you get a better view of the red shade, as well as the Maddux label. While fiberglass shades were commonly used, plastic is quite unusual. The shade on this lamp appears to be original, as I've seen other examples of this lamp with the same red plastic used.
I'm not clear as to the subject of this white and pink number, but I like it! Photo courtesy of Retro-Wares.com.
Star and Moon My favorite TV lamps tend to be a bit on the unusual side, and this example from Royal Fleet qualifies! A most generous tvlamps.net visitor sent this photo to me recently, and I was simply amazed... I have to believe it's quite rare. Photo is courtesy of Shirley Tennant from Nelson, British Columbia, Canada.
Royal Fleet Star and Moon Another example of Royal Fleet's great "Star and Moon" TV lamp, this time in white. No living room is complete without the heavenly glow from one of these!
Royal Fleet Star and Moon Back view of the star and moon lamp. The mold that these came from had to have been very intricate, which could explain their rarity.
Phil-Mar Basket lamp This rare basket TV lamp by Phil-Mar is unusual both for the blue glaze and for the presence of the original label and tag.
Phil-Mar tag The reverse of the Phil-Mar tag provides a revealing look into 50's marketing. The lovely blue glaze is made all the more desirable by the name assigned to it, "teal lava". And don't forget...buying two Phil-Mar TV lamps can add "modern decorator styling" to your room!
Miramar Dragon TV lamp Looking very similar to their Bamboo TV lamp, this Miramar dragon lamp is highly textured. Thanks to Niki from Mesquite, Texas for the photos!
Miramar Dragon Top view shows the chartreuse glaze that is the base color upon which the texture has been added.
Miramar marking This one has a clear Miramar marking on the bottom.
Kron TV lamp I discovered this little gem at an antique mall in Forney, Texas, and is the only one like this that believe I've ever seen. It has much in common with the Kron comedy/tragedy lamp, including the overall shape and thick spattered glaze. The somewhat oriental styling to the base is unique among Kron designs.
Kron Here's the back of the pink Kron TV lamp.
Kron The Kron mark is clearly seen on the back.
Kron Certainly not a flashy design, this K135 "Modern Flare TV Lamp" is in fact one of the rarest Texans Inc. designs. As with the K136 shown above, it has the textured "Pebble-Tex" glaze.
Kron This back view shows the Kron marking.
Now we are looking at one of those concepts from a by-gone era that just don't compute in today's mind...a combination TV lamp/aquarium. As though TV lamps weren't odd enough, Bilt-Rite distinguished itself by adding fish! Note the tranquil outdoor scene, intended, no doubt, to showcase your trout in their natural environment. Photos courtesy of Chad Becker & Jen Adams from Martinsville, IN.
Back view of the incredible aqua-lamp!
Seen from above, one can see that this TV lamp/fish-tank is constructed primarily of metal, with fiberglass used for the shade and glass inserts to hold the piranha. A typical bakelite fixture is used for illumination. Chad and Jen are consummate professionals, and only use low-wattage appliance bulbs to protect their vintage lamps.
This artist's palette TV lamp (maker unknown) is odd, very rare and extremely undervalued. It has also been found in black and in gray, but other colors may have been used. Photos courtesy of Paula Williams of Youngstown, Ohio.
Globs of "paint" of several colors grace the front of the lamp. The various colors on this lamp, other than the chartreuse glaze, are "cold painted", which is to say that the color was painted on after the firing process.
Back view of the artist's palette TV lamp.
Sierra Vista treasure chest A treasure chest TV lamp...now I've really seen everything! Pretty good idea though. Photos courtesy of House-Of-Fun Collectibles, Signal Hill, CA. (Ebay seller: House-of-Fun)
Sierra Vista treasure chest There's obviously something missing from this lamp, but whether it had a ceramic cover or perhaps a fiberglass shade is unknown. (At least by me!)
Sierra Vista treasure chest Back view.
Sierra Vista marking The Sierra Vista marking is on the bottom.
Royal Haeger TV lamp This vase-like Haeger lamp has been found in a myriad of colors, but most often is found with the upper portion glazed in maroon or green. While it has slits in the side, most of the light is directed to the ceiling.
Twin Winton squirrel This cute squirrel is one of the few TV lamps produced by Twin Winton. Photos courtesy of Marcia Kile of Mariposa, California.
Twin Winton squirrel Here's the back of the Twin Winton squirrel.
Twin Winton marking The bottom of the squirrel TV lamp wears the Twin Winton marking.
Boucher TV Lamp I just love these artsy abstract designs!
Boucher label The label on this lamp shows it to have been made by D.A. Boucher Co., and appears to have come from Murphysboro, Illinois.
Maddux saddle TV lamp Although they aren't known for western themes, Maddux tackled the subject with originality, achieving great results. The designer, who is unknown, sculpted this piece with tremendous skill.
Maddux saddle TV lamp Back view of the Maddux saddle lamp.
Maddux saddle TV lamp The top view shows how the sculptural aspect integrates naturally with the planter.
Maddux saddle TV lamp Rather than placing the Maddux marking behind the bulb, this one was marked on the bottom.
Lane Oriental House Another seldom-seen Lane & Co. TV lamp, this one depicting an oriental-style house complete with marble windows! Dated 1960. Photos courtesy of Judy Wolfe from Hometown Antique Mall, Stephenville, Texas.
Lane Oriental House Back view.
Kirkwood TV lamp Looking vaguely like a Miramar design, this Kirkwood TV lamp was given an oriental flavor. Understated vase-type TV lamps were common, and no doubt appealed to those who felt that pink poodles or pirate ships were just a bit too much. This one can also be found in chartreuse. Photos courtesy of Richard Turbin.
Kirkwood TV lamp This foil label is the only marking I've seen that indicates Kirkwood as the manufacturer. Other than the California reference, the location of Kirkwood is unknown.
McCoy Fireplace TV lamp Believe it or not, this isn't the only time that a TV lamp was designed in the form of a fireplace. Considering the subject, this McCoy lamp was made in some decidedly odd colors, including black, pink and the green shown here. McCoy often used a marvelous translucent brown glaze on their planters and figurines, and I'm surprised that it isn't found on this lamp.
McCoy Fireplace TV lamp Back view of McCoy's hearth TV lamp.
Premco TV Lamp In contrast to the frequently seen Premco oriental boat TV lamp, this fireplace design is quite rare. It is marked with the year 1955, and has a fiberglass shade to give that "glowing hearth" illusion. Photo courtesy of an eBayer from Arkansas.
M&M Mfg. Co. TV Lamp Just a variation on the "Aladdin's Lamp" theme? Hardly...this baby from M&M Manufacturing is both a lamp and vaporizer! Photos courtesy of Stephen Mihalak from Highland Village, Texas.
M&M Mfg. Co. TV Lamp Here's the back of the amazing "Vape-O-Lamp". (I just made that up, can you tell?)
M&M Mfg. Co. TV Lamp Top view.
M&M Mfg. Co. TV Lamp Ok, the truth comes out...it was really called an "Aladdin Magic Vaporizer". My name was better.
Kron TV lamp This one isn't a visual stand-out, but it's certainly rare! At 18½" tall, it is big, too. Photos courtesy of a seller from Lubbock, Texas.
Kron TV lamp Here's a back view. The rather colonial styling makes this Kron TV lamp look more like a table lamp base.
Kron TV lamp The openings that facilitate the illumination aren't particularly effective, which could explain the limited production of this design.
Kron TV lamp It has the usual Kron marking.
Kron TV lamp Also rare and similar in styling to the one above, this reading lamp, a Kron design from Texans Incorporated, could mount on the wall or hang on the headboard of a bed. Photos courtesy of Wanda from Caldwell, Texas.
Kron TV lamp The hanging hooks are visible from this angle, as is the Kron marking.
Kron TV lamp This view from the underside shows the light fixture.
Hollywood Ceramics TV Lamp Elephants weren't too common a subject for TV lamps, but this example from Hollywood Ceramics isn't the first.
Hollywood Ceramics TV Lamp Back view.
Beachcomber's TV lamp Beachcomber's made this distinctive geometric TV lamp out of the translucent pottery that they favored. Photos courtesy of an eBay seller from Sheboygan, Wisconsin.
Beachcomber's TV lamp Here she is all lit up!
Beachcomber's TV lamp Now a back view. The Beachcomber's foil label is visible.
Universal Statuary TV lamp Let's cut to the chase...this lamp is ugly. But you can't fault Universal Statuary for being original! Photos courtesy of TKR Collectibles-Central Illinois.
Universal Statuary TV lamp Back view.
Universal Statuary TV lamp A closer look reveals the decorative color added... wow!
Marcia TV Lamp Undoubtedly one of the less common Marcia of California designs. Photos courtesy of an eBayer from Harvard, Illinois.
Marcia TV Lamp On the back one can see the Marcia of California marking.
Marcia TV Lamp Top view.
Marcia TV Lamp The use of translucent clay makes this hearth lamp a real fireplace!
It wasn't common for television to be the subject of TV lamps, but here's just such a creation. Photos courtesy of eBay seller eireladdie, a great seller that always seems to have fine TV lamps!
The lamp portion was styled like a television, with a faux-picture screen to diffuse the light. The on-off switch is placed towards the bottom, just like on a real TV!
The lamp is mounted to the metal framework which then holds two matching planters.
Back-view, showing the arrangement of the electrical parts. The only marking on the ceramic parts is 6-21855. Maker is unknown.
Lane TV Lamp Who wouldn't want a polka-dot piggie on their television? Actually, I suspect that this lamp from Lane & Co. was intended for use in a child's room. Photos courtesy of Jim from Topeka, Kansas.
Lane TV Lamp Here's a look at the other side. It is dated 1958.
Camark TV Lamp Camark TV lamps aren't found too often, and this elephant is no exception. Photos courtesy of Bobby from Saint Francis, Kansas.
Camark TV Lamp Here's a look at the other side, but where's the fixture? The socket is fitted to the inside, the cord running through an opening on the bottom.
Camark TV Lamp Camark liked labels, and many examples are still found with both foil and paper labels present.
Camark TV Lamp A view of the bottom shows the mounting of the on/off switch.
Boucher TV Lamp In contrast to other Boucher TV lamps, this is a simple vase-like design. Curiously, it has what looks very much like a Sascha Brastoff design on the front! Photo courtesy of George Martin of Little Valley, NY.
Boucher TV Lamp Part of the D.A. Boucher label is present on the back.
Lane TV Lamp While certainly not a flashy design, this Lane & Company pitcher TV lamp is a seldom-seen piece. Photos courtesy of eBay seller, keyman1.
Lane TV Lamp Back view.
Lane TV Lamp The Lane & Co. pitcher is marked on the bottom. (no date)
Bradley Mfg. TV Lamp This Bradley Manufacturing "Old Mill" TV lamp was produced for them by Gonder Ceramic Arts. Photos courtesy of R.L. Rising of Rising Sky Artworks.
Bug-a-roo lamp Now for something completely different!  I'm not sure what purpose the "Bug-a-roo" served (bug repellent...reading light for bugs?), but I like it!  It's 8¾" tall.
Bug-a-roo lamp Here's the Bug-a-roo label that proclaims it to be "The Miracle Lamp".  I'm not sure what miracle it performs, but I did try rubbing it while chanting, bring Elvis back... bring Elvis back... no luck.
Bug-a-roo lamp Pretty cool on/off switch, eh?
Bug-a-roo lamp It even has a view-window to show you that the light is on! (?) Gee, I thought for sure The King would materialize...  adtfter-all, it does have a crown on it!
Bug-a-roo Lamp Here's a different style of Bug-a-Roo. I have one of these in pink that I'll take photos of to post here...just as soon as I can find it! Photo courtesy of Blake from San Antonio.
Lane TV Lamp An unusual offering from Lane & Co., this abstraction has an organic quality. It is similar to art pottery designs from other California makers, including West Coast Potteries. Photos courtesy of Diana from Bella Villa, Missouri.
Lane TV Lamp The back is marked, Lane & Co. ©1956 Van Nuys Calif 810.
Hedi Schoop TV lamp One of the rarest and most desirable of all TV lamps, this skyscrapers design by Hedi Schoop is spectacular!
Hedi Schoop TV lamp Back view of the skyscrapers lamp.
Kissner Tri-Wonder Lamp Very different from their more common comedy-tragedy models, this Kissner "Tri-Wonder" is a simple cylindrical design. Photos courtesy of Chuck Kissner.
Kissner Tri-Wonder Lamp Here's the business-end of the cylindrical Tri-Wonder. This view shows the depression at the top of the bulb that held the fragrance/insect repellant tablets.
Kissner Tri-Wonder Lamp Close-up of the Kissner label on the felt base.
Kissner Tri-Wonder Lamp An original Tri-Wonder bulb. Not many of these around!
Luminart shell value:  rarity:
Similar in concept to the products of other makers, Luminart's shell is an attractive lamp nonetheless. Photos courtesy of Michelle from Moscow, Idaho.
Luminart shell Back view. This example is special in that it retains the original hang-tag.
Luminart shell Luminart must have invented the concept of corporate "branding", as they were more than happy to toss around trade names! The hang-tag promotes this being a Sheridan Lamp and designed by Marti of Hollywood. The Sheridan Lamp reference is unusual, as it's more common to read, Genuine Sheridan China on their products. The company is called Luminart Lampshade Prod's Inc. N.Y.C. in this instance.
Maddux TV Lamp value:  rarity:
A rare and unusual lamp, this design from Maddux of California emulates the look of a classical vase. (And also looks vaguely like a rocket ship!) Photos courtesy of eBay seller, bisbee_az.
Maddux TV Lamp Back view. The red/orange glaze is a stand-out!
Maddux TV Lamp One more look.
Premco TV Lamp value:  rarity:
Seen fairly often and in a variety of colors, this Premco shell lamp is heavily adorned with decorative details, including 22k gold.
Premco TV Lamp Premco didn't waste any gold on the back!
Premco TV Lamp It's marked, Premco Mfg. Co. Chgo. 1956.
TV Lamp value:  rarity:
Perhaps it's just me, but I think this is one of the strangest TV lamps around. A fence, trees...huh? I love it. Photos courtesy of eBay seller, ninnyphit.
TV Lamp Back view. Unfortunately, there's no markings that might indicate the maker.
Lane TV lamp value:  rarity:
A scarce lamp, this vase-like design is from Lane & Co. Photos courtesy of eBay seller, brum.
Lane TV lamp Back view. It has a copyright date of 1957.
Phil-Mar TV Lamp value:  rarity:
Phil-Mar's rampaging elephant is a bold design, this one finished in their "gray lava" glaze.
Phil-Mar TV Lamp Back view. Yes, this elephant has only one ear!
Gary Art Studio TV Lamp value:  rarity:
This is the only example of a Gary Art Studio TV lamp I've seen, but I'm sure that it originally had a figure (oriental?) on the left side. I can't prove it, so you'll just have to trust me on this.
Gary Art Studio TV Lamp Back view.
Gary Art Studio TV Lamp Close-up of the Gary Art Studio marking, which includes a copyright date of 1953.
Beachcomber Fan An atypical, but attractive, design by Beachcomber Potteries. Photo courtesy of Tina Jo and Billy "Wild Bill" Bowman of Wills Point, Texas.
Beachcombers TV lamp value:  rarity:
The folks at Beachcomber Pottery were fond of using translucent clay and iridescent glazes, and this shell features both.
Beachcombers TV lamp Back view.
Beachcombers TV lamp The only way to identify most Beachcombers lamps, a surprising number of them still have this foil label.
Beachcombers TV lamp The translucent clay transforms the lamp when it's lit!
Modern Art Products Seal value:  rarity:
Looking like an aquatic version of the classic stalking panther TV lamp, this seal from Modern Art Products is extremely rare.

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