Tilso was part of L.Batlin and Son, a New York City-based company that was formed sometime prior to 1913. L.Batlin and Son began as dealers of antiques, and following the depression formed the import company Tilso. Importing various ceramic items from Japan, including vases, clocks, dishes and figurines, Tilso was in business until 1976. The name Tilso was derived from the names of the owners wife and daughter, Tillie and Sonia.
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.
|Back view of the Tilso ship.|
|A look at the Tilso label.|
Tilso made a beautiful, elaborate bluejay TV lamp. Photos courtesy of an eBayer from Colorado.
|Back-view of the Tilso bluejay lamp.|
This Tilso TV lamp was obviously a response to the popularity of western themes. Photos courtesy of Evelyn Legree from Springfield, MA.
|Here's a good look at the foil Tilso label.|
This carriage from Tilso is a departure from standard TV lamp subjects. Photos courtesy of Phyllis from Saint Charles, Missouri.
|The bottom bears the usual foil Tilso label.|