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Vintage Tall Ship TV Lamp - Painted Glass and Metal - 1950's
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Vintage Tall Ship TV Lamp - Painted Glass and Metal - 1950's
Vintage Tall Ship TV Lamp - Painted Glass and Metal - 1950's
Vintage Tall Ship TV Lamp - Painted Glass and Metal - 1950's
Vintage Tall Ship TV Lamp - Painted Glass and Metal - 1950's
Tall Ship Television Lamp - Painted Glass and Metal - all original - Working

It is terrible to realize that I am, in fact, "Vintage"! I remember all too well our first television set, in the wonderful blonde oak cabinet, with the phonograph in the lower part. They may say now that television is the cause of the demise of the American family, but in the early 1950's, the case was quite the opposite. After dinner, my sister and I would quickly wash the dishes (nope, no dishwasher yet), while mom and dad set up four chairs in a semi circle, at the prescribed safe distance from the television screen. The wonderful shows that entertained the family in living black and white brought us together, rather than scattered in our respective rooms. There was plenty of family conversation "during commercials". Even our old English Bulldog joined in, curled up on his rug in front of us.

The TV Lamp was a very important part of the entire television experience. It was well known that watching in a darkened room could be hard on your eyes, and that a soft light needed to be placed either behind or on top of the television set. TV Lamps began to appear on the market in every size shape and description imaginable. My grandmother had one shaped like a bouquet of flowers, with each blossom holding a small bulb. It seemed that the less it looked like a traditional lamp, the better.

This lamp is a particularly fun example of the creative TV Lamps. It is a magnificent glowing Tall Ship in full sail. It measures 17" from tip to tip by 3" wide and 16" tall to the top of the mast. The base is made of a very thick, frosted glass that has been painted red inside, to provide the soft red glow. My dad said that red light in the cockpit helped Navy pilots with "night vision". Then the outer surface of the ship was painted a light cream color. The port holes were left for the red to show through. Of course the waves beneath the ship had to be tinted blue. The mast and sails and rigging are of a shiny thin steel, to catch reflected light and give an interesting effect.

Finally, the deck of the glass ship has large openings fore and aft. Each opening has a thin (I believe celluloid) insert - - red fore and green aft. These also allowed light to reflect up onto the sails. Even the bulb is quite unique. It is long, slender and has an unusual appearance to the inside filament area. All of these parts, even the celluloid, the bulb, and the cord appear to be original. And it works beautifully !! As nearly as I can see, everything is in great condition. I believe that there is one missing piece of metal sail at the bottom of one mast (see pictures), and I am not about to try to figure out if the wire rigging is correct. It could possible use a little bit of gentle cleaning. Even without that one piece of metal, it is delightful.

Of course you can't set it on top of a Plasma Flat Screen, but if you love to blend the new and the old in your decor, then this could be the perfect accent piece for your media room.

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