Wednesday, March 2, 2011

Eenie Meenie Miney Moe...Vintage Nelson Bubble Lamps



Some people have suggested that sharing finds like this can engender hatred and jealousy.
So, let me just briefly say that last week I super-accidentally found this trio hanging together in an old house near a country club.



They are "pre-patent" which means they are the earliest of Nelson bubble lamps made.
And in shockingly awesome condition. Save a light layer of dustiness on the very tip tops, they could pass as a few years old instead of fifty plus.

In a rare stroke of generosity to myself, I've decided to keep one and list the others this Thursday.
It's a toss up between "cool weird pumpkin" shape and classic globe.



It would hang here, in the foyer, aka place where kids hang from bannisters, aka apparatus for accessing outdoors and lower floors of house, aka the only room in the house where no one has barfed, aka Hall of Fame, the Boogers Edition.



I think it's going to have to be the globe, since my house is from the Mesozoic Era and can't tolerate a lot of modernity.

What thinks you?

If you're interested in the extra large cigar Nelson or giant pumpkin Nelson, check the shop tomorrow evening, or contact me directly!


P.S., would any of you collectors/afficionados care to weigh in on the name of that middle shape and whether or not it's discontinued? I can't find it anywhere!

10 comments:

  1. I'm green from head to toe.

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  2. its like the lantern shape but poofier. Keep that one! Can you imagine the cigar though?! You need higher ceilings to pull it off - but that would be perfect-o.

    oh, I hate you.

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  3. Observation: the shape of the middle bubble lamp mirrors the bottom shape of the lamp in the second picture. Maybe that's the one you should go with. Not my taste, but still pretty cool looking.

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  4. Since they've been living together for so many years, it seems cruel to split them up.

    I keep calling the cigar shape the Hindenburg...as in, "Careful! You're going to sit on the Hindenburg!"

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  5. I have a bubble lamp like the middle one. It is an odd shape and I cannot find any information about it. Any ideas on year produced, current price, etc.?

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  6. I have a bubble lamp like the middle one. It is an odd shape and I cannot find any information about it. Any ideas on year produced, current price, etc.?

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  7. I have a bubble lamp like the middle one. It is an odd shape and I cannot find any information about it. Any ideas on year produced, current price, etc.?

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