Boats/Ships

Their weren't really that many different designs of TV lamp ships, but they sold in great quantities! Not only were their sales brisk, but they were also frequently offered free with the purchase of new televisions, furniture, etc.

Vee-Dale TV Lamp value:  rarity:
Vee-Dale came out with this ship TV lamp, which is also found in two shades of green. Photos courtesy of Vintage Treasures.
Vee-Dale TV Lamp Another look.
Vee-Dale TV Lamp Missing from most of these lamps today is this foil Vee-Dale label.
sailing ship These gold-trimmed ships by Lampcrafts were popular, but often suffer from deterioration of the gold areas. This one is in fairly good condition. Also found in black, gray, green or brown.
Lampcrafts Sailing Ship Here's the Lampcrafts ship in brown. Photos courtesy of Woodland Trace Collectibles/Bill Keller, Knoxville, TN.
backview Back view of the Lampcrafts ship.
Lampcrafts label This example has an intact Lampcrafts label.
Lampcrafts label This vintage postcard features one of the Lampcrafts ships (above) that was offered as a free gift with any new account at Lewis, a business at the corner of 4th and Liberty in Louisville, Kentucky. Is anyone out there familiar with the Lewis store?
ship This ship TV lamp has that "was free with the purchase of a new TV" look to it. (In othe words, it looks cheap!)
ship This one also has that "freebie" look. As with the previous ship, the airbrushing seems to have been applied in a rather heavy-handed manner. Photos courtesy of Woodland Trace Collectibles/Bill Keller, Knoxville, TN.
back view Back-view of the ship shown above.
Ship Would you believe that this lamp is the same basic design as the one above? This one has more detailed carving, but exactly the same shape...I tend to think the previous ship was a knock-off of this one. The mother-of-pearl finish on this ship gives it pizzazz! Photos courtesy of Woodland Trace Collectibles/Bill Keller, Knoxville, TN.
back Back-view.
Ship Same lamp as the one pictured above, this one in green. I've seen what is basically the same lamp as these with a Marcia of California marking.
back Back-view.
Marcia of California Ship A common lamp found in many different colors, few have the Marcia of California marking found on this example. Photos courtesy of Bill from Uxbridge, Massachusetts.
back view Back view of the Marcia ship.
back view A look at the Marcia of California marking on the back of the ship.
Navis & Smith Viking Ship I've seen this Viking Ship in several colors, chartreuse being pretty common. Long listed as an "unknown manufacturer" item, I recently saw one of these with the Navis & Smith label. Photos courtesy of Woodland Trace Collectibles/Bill Keller, Knoxville, TN.
back view Another look at the Viking Ship.
oriental boat Not only did Americans love everything French in the '50s, they also had a fascination with Oriental themes.
mark The recessed top of the above lamp is marked in gold with COPR. FUHRY & SONS, INC.
Premco Oriental Boat This one is so similar to the Fuhry & Sons Oriental Boat lamp that it's hard to believe they were made by different companies. The top was designed to accommodate a table lamp style of fixture and shade, giving the maker two lamps to sell from a single mold. The back is marked, Premco Mfg. Co. Chicago, Ill.
Gonder Ship The finish on this Gonder Ship TV lamp is subtle but very nice, with a dark, rich brown overlayed by a lighter drip glaze.
Back view of the Gonder Ship lamp.
Again Gonder uses a nautical theme, but this time it's a smaller vessel. The interesting green glaze (called Rutile Green I believe) was frequently used at Gonder, and the ship TV lamp above can also be found with the finish. It is reminiscent of the "prairie green" that Frankoma Potteries made so popular. Photo courtesy of Brian from Groveport, Ohio.
Premo Fishing Boat This interesting Fishing Boat TV lamp from Premco has obviously weathered some rough seas, as much of the painted details are worn off and the fisherman's pole is missing.
Tilso Ship As was typical of Japanese ceramics from the time, the quality displayed on this Tilso TV lamp is poor at best. As compared to the American products, it is light, thin, roughly cast and poorly finished. But in spite of a slow start, Japanese makers were soon to dominate the ceramic industry in the U.S. and the world.
This ship TV lamp by Maddux of California is reminiscent of similar lamps made of cast iron. Photos courtesy of Mike from MAJENT.
Another view of Maddux's ship.
The marking on the back of the ship is in a scripted style, unlike the block letters typically used by Maddux.
This stylish sailing ship TV lamp is unmarked, but it looks rather like a Navis & Smith product. Photos courtesy of Norb Novocin.
Back-view.
This detail view shows the dolphins racing ahead of the ship.
...another close-up.
What a lamp, and what a setting! I can practically smell the barnicles... Photos courtesy of Brian Thompson at eBay's Tonyasattic2003.
Here's a look at the starboard side.
Impressive sails and rigging!
Close-up shows the Leviton switch, as well as a good deal of fine crazing. Crazing such as this is often equated with poor care, but the primary cause is the manufacturing temperature. Highly fired products seldom display crazing such as this.
She's a beauty when lit up!
A.W. Reiser TV Lamp I.A.S. put considerable detail, sculptural and decorative, into this chalkware ship lamp. Photos courtesy of Wayne from Alabama.
A.W. Reiser TV Lamp The ship lamp still has the original cloth-covered cord and bakelite plug.
A.W. Reiser TV Lamp It's clearly marked © 1935 I.A.S. Co.
Comer Creations TV Lamp This oriental boat design from Comer Creations was produced in several solid colors. Photos courtesy of R.L. Rising of Rising Sky Artworks.
Comer Creations TV Lamp Here's the same Comer design as shown above, this one in a different color.
Comer Creations TV Lamp Back view.
Comer Creations TV Lamp The bottom is marked Comer Creation '53.
Maddux TV Lamp I must confess that this is the first example of this Maddux TV lamp I've seen...I need one of these! Photos courtesy of Janice from Canada.
Maddux TV Lamp Back view of the Maddux ship lamp. The only reference to the maker is on the UL label, which reads: UNDERWRITERS LABORATORIES INC INSPECTED PORTABLE LAMP ISSUE 42152 MADDUX OF CALIFORNIA.
Lawrin Ship TV Lamp Similar to Lampcrafts ship, this TV lamp from The Lawrin Co. isn't found as often. Photos courtesy of Jodie at Granny's Cleaning House.
Lawrin Ship TV Lamp Back view.
Lawrin Co. Hang-Tag This rare hang-tag is how we know of this maker and can attribute these lamps to them.
Everlite Novelty Mfg. Corp. TV Lamp value:  rarity:
A popular design, this one from Everlite Novelty Manufacturing. The same ship has been made by Marcia of California, Beachcombers Potteries and others.
Everlite Novelty Mfg. Corp. TV Lamp Back view.
Everlite Novelty Mfg. Corp. TV Lamp The back is marked, Everlite Novelty Mfg. Corp., Brooklyn.
Chalkware TV Lamp value:  rarity:
I'm not sure if this is a Hawaiian motif or Egyptian (Cleopatra?), but this chalkware lamp isn't found often. Maker unknown.
Chalkware TV Lamp Back view.

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