Given the popularity of western themes in the '50s, I'm a little surprised at the relative scarcity of the subject in TV lamps. The Marcia of California design is a particularly nice rendition.
|Covered wagons were a popular theme, but usually done in wood and canvas. Marcia of California opted to make their version from ceramic. Photos courtesy of Ferniemax of Santa Rosa, CA.|
|A look at the back of the Marcia of Calif. TV lamp.|
|The unmarked old-west era wagon seen here is a subtle variation on the one marked "Marcia of California", and is no doubt by that maker. It could be an early-production example.|
|Here is shown what was apparently intended to be the location of the on/off switch. The switch is actually located on the right side of the wagon, just as on the "Marcia of California" version.|
|This wagon looks a little out of place when compared to the rest of the Maddux line, but it no doubt was suitable competition for other TV lamps with a similar theme. Photo courtesy of a donation from Clifton, Colorado.|
|This vintage Coach is found in several other colors. Photos courtesy of Woodland Trace Collectibles/Bill Keller, Knoxville, TN.|
|Here's a view of the other side.|
|Seldom-seen, this Premco wagon is a distinctive rendition of the theme. Photos courtesy of Leonard from Montezuma, Iowa.|
|When its separate components are viewed, one can see that the ceramic body is only a small part of the construction. It is marked with the year 1954.|
|The red fiberglass shade makes quite a display!|
|The design of this Beauceware covered wagon is simple but effective. Photos courtesy of Trudy Contois.|
|The fiberglass shade lifts to reveal the bulb and fixture.|
|Our covered wagon is marked on the bottom, Beauceware Canada L-924.|
The covered wagon from Ucagco looks shot full of holes, but they serve the purpose of dispersing light. Photos courtesy of eBay seller, 79shari.
|See what I mean? It still looks shot full of holes though...|
A personal favorite, this beauty from Cactus Craft features two iconic monuments that might be visited on a trip to the Black Hills of South Dakota, Mount Rushmore and Devils Tower. Photos courtesy of eBay seller, workstoohrd.
|Here's the Devils Tower side.|
|All lit up!|
Several potteries manufactured a coach similar to this one by Premco, but not usually as a lamp.
|The Premco coach uses a separate frame/axle/wheel assembly, as did similar designs by Lane & Co. and others.|