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The TV Lamp Collectors Blog

Suddenly…great stuff on eBay!

Posted November 29th, 2007 by Mark

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Maddux 2-horse TV lampMaddux Mare & Colt (rare), #180185892684.
Texans Inc. Hunting Dog, #350000396787.
George Washington(!), plaster, #370000144419.
Texans Inc./Kron 3-horses, #250192857857.
Fuhry & Sons Eagle (gold), #290186376307.
Alert Lamp Mfg. Comedy-Tragedy, #110199375790.
Phil-Mar Rooster (brown), #120189086629.
Claes Cocker Spaniel Puppies, #290185823578.
Haeger Comedy-Tragedy, #290185808308.

‘Tis the Season

Posted November 15th, 2007 by Mark

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The activity (or lack of it) on eBay in the past couple of weeks makes it clear that we’re solidly into the holiday slump. But fear not, for even though few TV lamps are listed, even fewer people are bidding. It’s a great time of year for bargains! Here’s some choice lamps now at auction:

Cali-Co of California Mermaid (gray), #230190792978.

“Two Hunting Dogs”, maker unknown (black w/gold detailing), #290179547692.

“Two Deer Heads” (Gilner?), #160178381296.

Maddux of California Doe and Fawn, #120181807342.

Texans Inc. (Kron) Circus Horse with airbrushed color, #180179573826.

Rock O Stone “Oriental Woman”, #180179573826.

Esco-Lite 3-leaf (white/black), #220170782322.

Jarra Ceramics Seahorse (green), #330187394909.

Lane & Co. Rooster, closed-back version (not to be confused with the “open back” variety!), #130173114758.

Lane & Co. Swordfish, #170168355798.

Texans Inc. (Kron) Poodle & Pug (white poodle), #220171239565.

Charlene Korcz

Posted October 29th, 2007 by Mark

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Charlene KorczThe community of pottery collectors has lost a true friend, as Charlene Korcz passed away on October 4th following her fight with cancer. Char was a knowledgeable and enthusiastic historian, particularly regarding the products of Haeger Potteries. She traveled from her home in Carpentersville, Illinois to Texas in 2006 for the Texans Inc. Reunion, and my family and I had the pleasure of visiting her this past summer for a tour of the Haeger facility. Char was a dear friend, and will be missed.

Catch of the Day…

Posted October 23rd, 2007 by Mark

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These fish TV lamps are familiar to many collectors, but I wonder how many know that they were made by two different potteries?

Before I delve into their differences, I want to identify the sources of these two “2 fish” TV lamps. The brown one was made by Texans Incorporated, the lamp company in Bangs, Texas. But it should be said that it is not one of the Howard Kron designs… those came later. The gray and maroon example was produced at American Art Potteries in Morton, Illinois. I am confident in the attribution of both, as the Texans lamp has been identified by former employees and the AAP version is often found with their foil label.

So how do they differ? The most obvious thing is the number of “waves” on the base, as the AAP version has more, and smaller, waves than the Texans version. The glazes are also a good identifier, as the Texans fish are typically found in a single color with a lighter drip over-glaze. AAP on the other hand, seems to have always gone with two-tone schemes, some quite attractive and others, well… not so attractive! Read more…

Here’s Some Cool Lamps Now at Auction!

Posted October 6th, 2007 by Mark

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Maddux Rooster TV LampLane & Co. Panther (1959), #150168864706.
Chalkware Oriental Lady, #290168111454.
Lane & Co. “3 Cats”, #220157603352.
Gonder/Bradley Horse Head, #170156354825.
Ornamental Arts & Crafts
“Hunting Deer”, #270173204947.
McCoy Panther (chartreuse), #260167471893.
Phil-Mar Panther, #140164809421.
Maddux Rooster (brown finish), #290166984667.

Rare Texans/Kron 3-Horse TV Lamp on eBay!

Posted October 1st, 2007 by Mark

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Kron/Texans Inc. 3-Horse TV LampHere’s one that will have the hard-core collectors salivating! Big, rare and bold, this 3-Horse TV lamp by Texans Incorporated is one of Howard Kron’s most memorable designs. Said to be damage-free by the seller, it is auction #190158702007.

…and don’t forget, the 3rd Annual Texans Incorporated Reunion will be held in Bangs, Texas on November 10th!

Mystery Lamp: That’s one Crazy Rooster!

Posted September 26th, 2007 by Mark

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Rooster TV LampGosh, I don’t know where to begin. Is this not the craziest rooster of all time?! Without a doubt, it’s finds like this that keep me enthusiastic about TV lamp collecting. The colors, the bold (and seriously peculiar) design… it just doesn’t get any better than this. Actually it does get better. It’s for sale! This gem is now at auction on eBay, and is item #190156629661. Not only that, but it’s being offered by eBay seller, bucksonbay, an extremely dependable retailer of awesome TV lamps and other stuff. OK, I believe it’s time to put our thinking caps on… who do you suppose made this crazed bird? Given that the lamp is absent of any markings, we’ll just have to do a little detective work, hopefully finding stylistic similarities between it and other known lamps. Read more…

Today’s Fun Photo

Posted September 23rd, 2007 by Mark

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Howard Kron TV Lamp Sketch

Here’s something you don’t see every day… a developmental sketch for a TV lamp! This styling exercise was rendered by Howard Kron as he brainstormed the 3-Horse TV lamp for Texans Incorporated. A revealing look into his creative process, the pencil drawing was clearly intended to sort out proportions, as no effort was wasted on details. Texans Inc. 3-Horse TV LampAt this point Kron had established the basic form, the space for the bulb/fixture having also been considered. It’s interesting to note that this early sketch included references to the legs, a feature that was minimized in the final product. The sketch is in the collection of Richard Gunter, as are other sketches of various Kron TV lamps. My favorite of these is the Owl, with both the front and back rendered. I’ll post those in the next few weeks!

Mystery Lamp: Deco-Styled Deer

Posted September 21st, 2007 by Mark

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Deco-Styled Deer TV Lamp

This one has peaked my curiosity for a long time. Both elegant and massive (12″ tall and 17″ wide!), it is beautifully designed in a style that I think of as art-deco. (but I could be wrong!) Glazed in chartreuse and emerald green, it is actually too large to have been suitable for many televisions of the day, which could explain its extreme rarity. So who made this behemoth? Read more…

Recent High-Sellers on eBay

Posted September 20th, 2007 by Mark

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Miramar of California Cat TV Lamp$338.33 - Miramar of California Cat

$331.00 - Kron/Texans Inc. Comedy-Tragedy

$192.49 - Claes Siamese Kittens

$152.50 - Haeger Leaping Nude with Deer

$129.85 - Iron Indian Radio Lamp (1931)

$126.50 - Jacquelin Panther (white)

$105.50 - Lane & Co. Swordfish

$100.99 - Lane & Co. Tropical Leaves

$92.79 - Lane & Co. Pink Poodles

$90.66 - Enchanto Dolphins