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Could this be the Missing Link?


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Royal Copley Rams Head TV LampGot your attention with that “missing link” thing, didn’t I? Actually, this lamp is fascinating to me, as it could show that Royal Copley did indeed produce lamps. It is generally believed by Copley historians that the company stayed out of the lamp business, and while the body of this example was commonly used as a vase, the switch/wiring on this example could be factory installed. (Haeger Potteries often converted planters and figurines into TV lamps) I’m aware that the electrics could have been added at a later date, but I wonder…it’s not easy drilling holes through glazed/fired ceramics! It’s a tough call to make, particularly without having the lamp in-hand. Before I go further, I should mention that this ram is now at auction on eBay, and is item #250161810587. (and runs out soon!)

Royal Copley TV LampThe back shows what seems to be a logical location for the switch and cord. It appears that some sort of sleeve or spacer is inserted at the entrance of the cord, and this could have been added to mask the rough, unglazed area left from drilling. But I’m playing skeptic here…if this wasn’t a factory job it was done by a very skilled craftsman. It’s an interesting piece, and hopefully another will surface for comparison.

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