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I have two of these display lamps; one was mine originally, the second one I gave to my mother. When she passed away, it came back to me.

Nowadays it's hard to recall which is which because they are both in my living room. At the time some of these settings were done, however, one was in the living room and one was in the den.

One of them usually has a more formal setting, sometimes referred to as "My Lamp"; the second is more likely to be devoted to a more country look, or the one with the most changes seasonally, and that's why it is usually referred to as "Mother's Lamp." No big deal, but I am explaining here because people have been confused in the past!

The Valentines teacart is actually in my Seasons pages, too, with other Valentines items. I included a link here because the teacart is in the lamp sometimes. Confused yet? lol

People have asked lots of questions about these lamps, and I have included answers to the most frequently asked questions and information about how to locate a similar lamp at the bottom of this page.

 
ADDED January, 2009
 
 
 
   
 
 
   

 

FREQUENTLY ASKED QUESTIONS:

DID THE SHADE COME WITH IT?

No.

HOW DO YOU ACCESS THE INTERIOR?

The top lifts right off. You get a glimpse here of the cord, which is fastened to the back molding.

You just set things in there.

CAN YOU CHANGE THE CARPET?

Notice the quarter round molding behind the chair? Those are separate pieces that fit together snugly and are not fastened down. The lamp came with a black velvet bottom, but the man who made the lamps told me that it could be changed easily by just lifting out the molding pieces. In my early days, I cut several different upholstery fabrics to use as carpets and changed them depending on the seasonal displays I used in the lamps. Nowadays I just leave the same one in there most of the time.

WHAT ARE ITS DIMENSIONS?

The lamp including the base is 12 inches wide, 11 inches deep, and 10 1/2 inches tall. The inner dimensions of the glass part of the lamp measure about 9 inches wide by 8 inches deep; slightly less room when you take into account the size of the inner moldings.

HOW CAN I LOCATE ONE:

Unfortunately, the man who made my lamps (whose name I do not recall but was formerly doing business in Albuquerque, NM, as American Case Company) is no longer in business as far as I know.

However, Joann Swanson had a how-to for making a display lamp using inexpensive picture frames in Dollhouse Miniatures December 2001. They were in a center pull-out section called "Living With Miniatures." She now has a which shows her original picture frame roombox process and an added bit about turning one into a lamp.

http://joannswansondiyminiatures.blogspot.com/2012/10/making-rooms-display-boxes-from-picture.html

A club in NJ made these lamps according to her instructions; unfortunately the link I had for the photos no longer works.

Here is a site where you can purchase the lighting parts for a Lamp Scene.

http://www.lampshop.com

You can also Google for swing-arm table lamps which would light up a glass topped box or dome without your having to build the lamp into it. For instance, there is an Adair Offset Bedside Lamp offered by Pottery Barn.

And that's all I know!

 

 

 

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