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Horse TV Lamps

Roy Rogers, Hopalong Cassidy, Gene Autry and a host of other movie cowboys rose to fame in the '30s and '40s, and rode that popularity right through the 1950s. The popularity of westerns trickled into TV lamp design, and horse lamps were produced in enormous numbers.

Kron 3 Horses value:  rarity:
You've just got to love the expressions on these horses.  This Kron TV lamp is 11" tall and almost 15" wide at the base.  Produced in three solid colors, it was also made with distinctive airbrushed colors on each horse.  All are quite rare.
Kron 3 Horses Whereas the previous example of the 3-Horse Kron is a pale off-white, this one is a distinctly brownish-tan shade.  Don't these make you think of a mountain carving?  Sort of like Mount Rushmore with horses?  Maybe it's just me...
Kron 3 Horses Back view of the Kron 3-horse lamp.  Orange bulb?!
Kron 3 Horses While extremely uncommon, the Kron Three Horses TV lamp is sometimes found finished in black.  Like the other solid-color examples, it has a low-gloss matte finish.  Photos courtesy of Judy Allen from Ricochet Oldies & Antiques in Brownwood, Texas.  Thanks Judy!
Kron 3 Horses The back view of the black three horses lamp.
Kron 3 Horses This is the airbrushed version of the Kron Three Horses TV Lamp, probably the most desirable finish for this rare item.
back view Back-view of the Kron Three Horses TV lamp.
Kron mark A look at the Kron marking located behind the black horse.
Kron Circus Horse value:  rarity:
This is the K176 Circus Horse TV Lamp.  It was made in black and with airbrushed coloration as well.  This Kron lamp is too cool!  It is 13½" tall.
circus horse Here's the color version of the Kron circus horse, undoubtedly the rarest version of this lamp.  Photos courtesy of Woodland Trace Collectibles/Bill Keller, Knoxville, TN.
circus horse This is another example of the airbrushed circus horse.  It's interesting to compare the differences in color application between the two.  The horse was colored with brown, black, or brown and black.
Modern Art Products TV lamp value:  rarity:
Not present on this example, this Modern Art lamp came with a fiberglass shade below the horses belly to diffuse the light. This beauty was my first TV lamp...the one that got me hooked!
Modern Art Products TV lamp This back view shows the original label indicating a copyright date of 1953.
Modern Art Products label Here's a close-up of the Modern Art Products Co. foil label.
Modern Art Products Horse Same as above in green, another of several colors found on this particular TV lamp.
Phil-Mar Mare & Foal value:  rarity:
This is a frequently seen Phil-Mar lamp, but it's seldom found with a label. I discovered it to be a Phil-Mar when I saw it in a vintage advertisement. The ad says they're available in amber (brown), ebony and gray, but white and even red have been found.
horse with shade value:  rarity:
This horse poses in front of a fiberglass "shade", a common fixture on TV lamps, which helps to diffuse the light. This one was manufactured by Beauceware in 1952. Found in various colors, including blue.
Royal Haeger horses value:  rarity:
Strongly influenced by the art-deco movement that was prominent in the '30s, this Royal Haeger horse-head TV lamp is a beautiful design.
horse heads value:  rarity:
Looking somewhat "art deco", this TV lamp by Phil-Mar can be found in several colors.
horse head value:  rarity:
This green horse has a vertically ribbed base, rather like a similar Phil-Mar design. Photo courtesy of Woodland Trace Collectibles/Bill Keller, Knoxville, TN.
back view Here's a look at the back of the green horse.
horse head value:  rarity:
I've also seen this unique "chess piece" styled horse in black. Photo courtesy of Woodland Trace Collectibles/Bill Keller, Knoxville, TN.
back view Back view of the horse.
horse head value:  rarity:
Another highly stylized horse head lamp. Perhaps a Haeger? Photo courtesy of Woodland Trace Collectibles/Bill Keller, Knoxville, TN.
chartruse horse value:  rarity:
Chartreuse was a rather popular color in the '50s and often turned up on TV lamps. Being a rather nostalgic color, it sometimes means increased value. This one was probably made by Hollywood Ceramics.
green horse value:  rarity:
This stocky horse from American Art Potteries is also a planter, and can be found in several other colors.
horse lamp/planter value:  rarity:
A small lamp/planter, this one clearly showing some crazing on the glazed surface. A look at the back of this lamp shows the long, tubular bulb used on many examples. Probably a Phil-Mar product.
brown horse value:  rarity:
The subtle, varied colors on this horse are quite nice. It's common to see many examples of a particular lamp that are rather ordinary, only to finally come across one with an outstanding glaze of color applied. Could be from one of the Morton, Illinois potteries.
horse and colt value:  rarity:
This horse and colt lamp has an odd color combination of brown with a greenish-yellow. Probably by Phil-Mar.
fighting horses value:  rarity:
I'm not sure who made this one, but it's simply beautiful! I'm wondering if it wasn't made by LeBow of California, as they've been identified as the source of a very similar "fighting panthers" design. (a sad note: One of my cats didn't share my fondness for this lamp, and opted to "move" it from the mantle to the floor...I still have the cats)
horse on rectangle value:  rarity:
If you look along the inner contour of the front leg you will see a large oval glaze skip. This is a significant factory defect, and the fact that the manufacturer let this one out the door at all is indicative of the "lowly" status TV lamps had in the world of ceramics. A variety of glaze problems can be seen in this detail. Such quality issues don't tend to hurt value, and are considered a natural consequence of low-cost manufacturing.
Unicorn TV Lamp value:  rarity:
An interesting Unicorn lamp with gold detailing. One of these can be seen in the early '50s TV series, The Adventures of Superman (Season 2), in the episode The Dog Who Knew Superman. How's that for some trivia?! Photo courtesy of Woodland Trace Collectibles/Bill Keller, Knoxville, TN.
Maddux Horse value:  rarity:
Also found with airbrushed color, this Maddux of California #810 Stallion Accent Lamp looks especially nice in white.
Maddux label Maddux would often have a specific "Maddux" label, but in this case simply added their name to the Underwriter's Laboratories label.
Maddux TV Lamp value:  rarity:
While stylistically similar to the previous horse, this design is much less common.
Maddux TV Lamp Back view of Maddux's jumping horse TV lamp.
Maddux TV Lamp Maddux marking.
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Another horse TV lamp from Maddux of California. This one, most likely an early design, shares little stylistically with their other products. I wonder if the designer was the same person that did the Hollywood Ceramics lamps, as they are very similar. Photos courtesy of eBay seller, dadwarbucks.
Maddux TV Lamp The back is marked, Maddux of Calif, Made in USA, E 21855 M, 85 S.
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Here's another odd-ball from Maddux, a design with little stylistic similarity to their other products. The fanciful horse is vaguely similar to the seahorse by Jarra Ceramics.
Maddux TV Lamp Back view.
LeBow Horse value:  rarity:
This LeBow Horse TV lamp is an attractive, graceful design. Photos courtesy of Brenda Osler from Nebraska.
LeBow Horse The back of this horse is marked "LeBow of Calif".
Hallfield Stallion value:  rarity:
It looks like this Hallfield stallion is about to take off! While it doesn't come out well in the photos, this lamp has a beautiful gold iridescent glaze.
Hallfield Stallion Back view of the Hallfield stallion. The base of this TV lamp, probably once hidden by protective felt, is the in-mold marking, USA Hallfield.
Rosemeade Horse value:  rarity:
This Rosemeade horse TV lamp is very hard to find, and when you do you can expect to pay somewhere in the $500-$700 range for it. Manufactured in several colors. Photos courtesy of David Steiner from Long Lake, Minnesota.
Rosemeade Horse A back view of the Rosemeade horse.
Rosemeade Horse Another look!
Rosemeade Horse Close-up.
Regal China Horse value:  rarity:
This Regal China lamp/planter is stylish and beautifully glazed. Photos courtesy of Woodland Trace Collectibles/Bill Keller, Knoxville, TN.
Regal China Horse A nice close-up of the Regal China Horse. The back of this lamp carries the C. Miller mark.
Leaping Horse value:  rarity:
This "leaping horse" TV lamp is unusual... I like it! Probably of Japanese manufacture. Photo courtesy of Gail from Hagerstown, Maryland.
Wales TV lamp value:  rarity:
Unlike today, products labeled "Made in Japan" were a hard sell in the 1950s, and this is a rare example of their attempt at a TV lamp. Not yet accomplished at emulating American styles, this lamp has a unique look, with color applied by a traditional brush as well as airbrushing. It's extremely lightweight and thin, and the surface is marked with numerous imperfections carried over from the original mold.
back view The back view of the Wales TV lamp.
Wales label The label on the base of this Wales TV lamp says, Wales, Reg. U.S. Pat. Off., Made in Japan, and features the image of a crown.
Beauceware horse value:  rarity:
Given its high quality, I always suspected that this prancing horse TV lamp was done by one of the major manufacturers, and recently discovered the design was made by both Phil-Mar and Beauceware. The vast majority are from Phil-Mar, the Beauceware examples being rare and hard to identify. While quite early for production for a TV lamp, it presumably dates from 1950.
Beauceware horse Back view.
Jarra Ceramics Seahorse value:  rarity:
A first (and last) for TV lamps, this "Sea Horse" by Jarra Ceramics is unusual to say the least. A creature from Roman mythology, the Sea Horse, or "Hippocampus", was the preferred mount of the God Neptune, and appeared in paintings in the lost city of Pompeii. (But I suspect that lamp buyers in the 50's weren't hep to all that stuff) Also found in maroon.
Jarra Ceramics Seahorse Back view of the Jarra Seahorse.
Jarra Ceramics mark Jarra Ceramics clearly marked these TV lamps on the bottom.
Jarra Ceramics mark This maroon/red shade is the only other color known for Jarra's seahorse. Photos courtesy of Char Korcz from Carpentersville, Illinois.
Jarra Ceramics mark Back view.
Lane Horse value:  rarity:
This horse TV lamp/planter combo by Lane & Co. was also done with a brown horse.  These don't appear to have been made in great numbers, perhaps because it wasn't cost-effective.  The multi-color glaze and airbrushing increased production time, and the fusion of the horse and planter during firing increased the chance of breakage.  Photos courtesy of Roberta Womer.
Lane Horse Back view.  This example is missing the lighting components.
Lane Horse value:  rarity:
Lane & Co. made this majestic horse TV lamp/planter combination. While Lane designed more than one horse TV lamp, this rearing horse variation is seen less often than the others. Many thanks to Linda Buchanan of Newbury Park, California for the photos!
Lane Horse This is the Lane rearing horse lamp from the back.
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This great unmarked horse and jockey lamp includes a metal fence as a backdrop. While horses abound as the subjects of TV lamps, this is the only one I can think of with a rider. Also, I can't recall another instance of a racehorse theme being used.
Back view of the horse and jockey.
Here's another example of the horse and jockey TV lamp, this one in white with gray accents. Photos courtesy of Tim from California.
This close-up of the back shows the holes for the metal "fence", missing on this example.
Gilner horse value:  rarity:
This distinctive Gilner TV lamp was produced in numerous colors, including green, blue, chartreuse, white, black, pink...and that's just the ones that I can recall at the moment! Some have a dripped glaze like this black one, and others had airbrushed accents.
Gilner horse Here's the back of the Gilner horse.
Beauceware horse TV lamp value:  rarity:
Beauceware designed a lot of grace and style into this horse TV lamp. Photo courtesy of Beauceboys, Ottawa, Canada.
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This "Indian on the hunt" number is one of the more common, and interesting, chalkware TV lamps. Photos courtesy of an anonymous donation from Hot Springs, SD.
The back of the indian lamp reveals the intended location for the light fixture, which was never installed.
Here's the intended location for the light switch.
Holland Mold indian value:  rarity:
This Holland Mold "hunting indian" design is a good one, and must have been a hit given the cowboy-and-indian craze that flourished in the 1950s.  Photos courtesy of Martin from Hilton, New York.
Holland Mold Here's a better look at our brave warrior.  Given the quality of this example, I suspect that it was made by a high-volume pottery rather than by a home crafter.
Holland Mold And here we have the hapless prey!
Holland Mold mark This close-up shows the Holland Mold marking.
Claes horse value:  rarity:
Many Claes TV lamps are prized for their rarity, and this is one of the least common. Called the Claes Glowing-Eyed Mustang Head T-V Lamp, I know the whereabouts of only one other example of this particular style.
Claes horse Here's a look at the back of the Claes horse.
Claes mark The base of the Claes horse TV lamp is marked Claes Copyright © WH 54.
Beauceware TV lamp value:  rarity:
This Royal Canadian Mounted Police TV lamp is a rare design from Beauceware, produced in 1953. The attention to detail is outstanding! Photos courtesy of Beauceboys, Ottawa, Canada.
Beauceware TV lamp A detail view shows the detailed cold paint applied to the Mountie and his trusty steed. Also in evidence is the creative use of two "shades" to both diffuse the light and draw attention to the mounted figure.
Beauceware marking The Beauceware marking is clear on this one, as is the number "1132".
Lane roman horse value:  rarity:
This Lane & Co. horse appears to be done in a Roman style, and is one of the less common Lane TV lamps. Photos courtesy of Walter, from Madison, Ohio.
Lane roman horse Back view of the Lane Roman horse.
Lane marking The horse bears the Lane & Co. marking, but no date.
Treasure Craft TV Lamp value:  rarity:
This < a href="http://www.tvlamps.net/treasure_lamps.html">Treasure Craft horse TV lamp is a seldom-seen piece. It is adorned with the woodgrain look that was favored by the company. Photos courtesy of a seller in Renton, WA.
Treasure Craft TV Lamp Back view of the Treasure Craft TV lamp.
Treasure Craft TV Lamp On the bottom we can see the foil Treasure Craft label.
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Not only is this TV lamp unusual in that it is also a planter and clock, but the subject-matter is unique as well... the mythical winged horse Pegasus! The manufacturer is unknown. Photos courtesy of Janice McGuire of Warren, Michigan.
Back view.
Haeger Horse TV Lamp value:  rarity:
This dynamic entry to the Royal Haeger TV lamp line is one of the more attractive renderings of a horse. Photos courtesy of Marilyn from Illinois.
Haeger Horse TV Lamp It never ceases to amaze me how many Haeger lamps still have the foil label present!
Haeger Horse TV Lamp The electrics were placed in a planter-like area in the back.
Haeger Horse TV Lamp This is the same Haeger design as above, this one in chartreuse.
Haeger Horse TV Lamp Back view.
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While unmarked, I suspect that this two-horse TV lamp was done by Hollywood Ceramics, but the glaze is reminiscent of the ones used by Canadian Ceramic Craft and Blue Mountain Pottery. Photos courtesy of eBay seller jasannsfinethings.
Back view.
The horses are done with a beautiful glaze, and have a definite art-deco influence.
Camark horse TV lamp value:  rarity:
As with all Camark TV lamps, this horse isn't found often. It was made in several solid colors. Photos courtesy of Troy and Martha from Fort Worth, Texas.
Camark mark and label Camark put their marking into the base of the horse, and added a paper inventory sticker for good measure.
Camark horse TV lamp Same design, this time in yellow. Photo courtesy of George Martin of Little Valley, NY.
Camark horse TV lamp A look from a different angle.
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I don't know who made this beautiful zebra TV lamp, but I have no doubt whatsoever that it's the same designer/manufacturer that did a particular panther lamp that is in my collection. Photos courtesy of John from Highland Falls, N.Y.
As with the aforementioned panther lamp, the zebra lamp has small, round eye openings.
This view shows the south end of two north bound zebras. The switch location received the same care in design as its panther sibling.
Real purty!
Luminart TV Lamp value:  rarity:
It was years before I found that this TV lamp was by Luminart. It's a beautifully sculpted and executed lamp, and seldom found with the "Genuine Sheridan China by Luminart" label! Photos courtesy of Rene from Springfield, Oregon.
Luminart TV Lamp The back is as lovingly sculpted as the front!
Luminart TV Lamp The base is unmarked, except for a single letter, which is probably an "M" for Martin Deutsch/Marti of Hollywood.
horse head This Luminart TV lamp is a favorite of my pal Bill Keller, who graciously consented to share his photo. Photo courtesy of Woodland Trace Collectibles/Bill Keller, Knoxville, TN.
Lane TV Lamp value:  rarity:
In later years Lane & Co. made several TV lamps with this same basic format, a two-piece design with the fixture between the foreground and background. The layout made for an interesting three-dimensional quality. It's dated 1960.
Lane TV Lamp A top-view shows the space between the horse and the background.
Haeger TV Lamp value:  rarity:
One of the most original, and attractive, designs to come from Haeger Potteries. It was sold as both a figurative planter and a TV lamp. Photos courtesy of an eBayer from Hagerstown, Maryland.
Haeger TV Lamp Back view.
Haeger TV Lamp From above you can see the fixture place in the planter area.
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While unmarked, I suspect this gold-laden horse to be from Lampcrafts. Photos courtesy of R.L. Rising of Rising Sky Artworks.
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This unmarked horse is beautifully glazed in red. Photos courtesy of R.L. Rising of Rising Sky Artworks.
California Originals TV Lamp value:  rarity:
California Originals gave this this "two horse" TV lamp a strong sculptural quality, with subtle airbrushing and 22k gold providing accents. It is marked L-705 Calif. Orig. U.S.A. Photos courtesy of eBay seller crzy65.
California Originals TV Lamp Back-view of the two-horses by California Originals.
California Originals TV Lamp It also has a substantial planter area.
Haeger TV Lamp value:  rarity:
This deco-styled Haeger Centaur TV lamp has the look of an early design, perhaps '53 or so. Photos courtesy of Barbara from Chipley, Florida.
Haeger TV Lamp Back view.
Haeger TV Lamp On the bottom is the remnant of a paper label.
Tilso Horse TV Lamp value:  rarity:
This Tilso TV lamp was obviously a response to the popularity of western themes. Photos courtesy of Evelyn Legree from Springfield, MA.
Tilso Horse TV Lamp Back view.
Tilso Horse TV Lamp Here's a good look at the foil Tilso label.
M.T.A. Co. TV Lamp value:  rarity:
Now this one is different! M.T.A. Co. came up with a unique design for their horse TV lamp. Photos courtesy of Dallas from Lebanon, Pennsylvania.
M.T.A. Co. TV Lamp Close-up.
M.T.A. Co. TV Lamp Back view.
Modern Art Products Zebra TV Lamp value:  rarity:
I was a little surprised to discover that this zebra lamp was from Modern Art Products, as it's so different from their horse TV lamp. Just the thing for the big-game hunters trophy room!
Modern Art Products Zebra TV Lamp Back view of Modern Art's zebra.
L.M. Fielack TV lamp value:  rarity:
Seldom-seen chalkware Horse TV lamp by L.M. Fielack. Photos courtesy of an eBayer from Connecticut.
L.M. Fielack TV lamp Close-up.
L.M. Fielack TV lamp Back view.
L.M. Fielack TV lamp L.M. Fielack marking as found on the back of the horse lamp.
Tilso TV Lamp value:  rarity:
This carriage from Tilso is a departure from standard TV lamp subjects. Photos courtesy of Phyllis from Saint Charles, Missouri.
Tilso TV Lamp Top view.
Tilso TV Lamp The bottom bears the usual foil Tilso label.
Trigger TV lamp value:  rarity:
This chalkware TV lamp may not have a manufacturer's marking, but it does indicate the subject, Trigger. Roy Rogers faithful horse appeared in numerous western films. Photos courtesy of an eBayer from Brenham, Texas.
Trigger TV lamp Back view.
Trigger TV lamp The name Trigger is front-and-center on the base of the lamp.
A.W. Reiser TV Lamp value:  rarity:
This western scene from A.W. Reiser is a particularly rare lamp. Photos courtesy of eBay seller, ddavidd.
A.W. Reiser TV Lamp Back view.
A.W. Reiser TV Lamp As with their peacock lamp, this Reiser lamp bears strongly worded warnings against copyright infringement.
Haeger TV Lamp value:  rarity:
This one is a real prize. Called the R1239 Bronco T.V. Planter in the Haeger catalogs, it is rare and extremely valuable. Photos courtesy of Hugh Mosher, Toronto.
Haeger TV Lamp Back view.
Haeger TV Lamp This angle shows the holes that accommodated the socket mounting and and on/off switch, absent from this example.
Breslin TV Lamp value:  rarity:
This horse is a curiosity, as it has the remnant of a label that is very difficult to read. It's subject to various interpretations, but seems to read, Genuine Elizabeth China (Crystal?) by Breslin.
Breslin TV Lamp The opening in the back, which was probably a planter on non-lamp versions, reminds me of some Morton pottery designs.
Breslin TV Lamp Here's the label.
Genie Ceramics Horse Lamp value:  rarity:
Simple yet bold in design, this two-horse lamp from Genie Ceramics is a seldom-seen item. Many thanks to my pals Billy and Tina Bowman for letting me take photos of their lamp!
Genie Ceramics Horse Lamp Back view of the Genie Ceramics horses. The attachment point for the fixture is unusual and no doubt fragile.
Genie Ceramics Horse Lamp Genie Ceramics label.
Hollywood Ceramics TV Lamp value:  rarity:
A rare one from Hollywood Ceramics, this horse is part of a series of TV lamps that consist of a decorative figure applied to a common base.
California Originals TV Lamp value:  rarity:
Here we have the L-704 Horse Lamp, a seldom-seen product from the California Originals stable.
Premco TV lamp value:  rarity:
This Premco TV lamp is unique in that captures a battle between a horse and panther. Photos courtesy of Cindy & Mike from Bakersfield, California.
Premco TV lamp The horse & panther lamp is plainly marked on the back, ©Premco Mfg. Co. 1958.
L.M. Fielack TV lamp value:  rarity:
This seldom-seen horse from L.M. Fielack has a distinctive finish.
L.M. Fielack TV lamp L.M. Fielack marking on the back of the horse TV lamp.

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