line | Celebrating 1990s Lavaworld Lamps | The 1990s Chicago Manufactured Lamps | A Gallery by Lava Lamp Collectors Bohdan & Patti Rudy.

The 1990s would see a massive revival in the popularity of the lava lamp. Classics from the past such as the Century, Aristocrat and Enchantress were in production, with highly expanded colour options. Century also saw a modern Silver Century version manufactured.

Century, Aristocrat, Enchantress with their classic brass metal designs from the orginal Hy Spector era, would be in production, showing how timeless they truly are. Silver Streak, Midnight, Princess and Electric series lamps are all takes on the classic Enchantress design of the 1970s.

Accessories such as Aroma Rings and Lava Lids allowed you to personalise your lava lamp. For special moments there was the Ceramic Icon series which features ceramic bases and in the case of Series II, ceramic caps as well. Giant lava would be an amazing giant lava lamp and was offered in two different finishes. Wizard translated the Carlisle shape of the past and up-dated it to be more magical and more themed, with star and moon cutouts and fast moving glitter.

This reference page provides a snapshot to 1999, to the peak of the lava lamp in the 1990s. Images are the kind courtesy of Bohdan and Patti Rudy.

line | Vintage USA Florence Art Co. Glitter Lamps

One of the most beautiful manufacturers of glitter lamps in the USA in the vintage years was the Florence Art Co. who produced a wide range of beautiful glitter lamps, some featuring one glitter bottle, some featuring two or some even featuring three. Whilst many of their designs were traditional looking, they were very beautiful pieces and below one can see a pair complete with their original lamp hang tags which show the lamps named as "Astro-Lite" and the details: Florence Art Co. 831. W. Washington Street, Chicago, Illinois 60607. The examples below show designs produced by the Florence Art Co. Oddly these company was indeed in the same state as Lava-Simplex-Scribe. Furthermore the Florence Art Co name has been seen attached to vintage Laff-Lite (non-liquid motion lamps) models.

Florence Art Co. was listed in the Illinois Secretary of State Certified List of Domestic and Foreign Corporations from 1959 through 1977. Initially, its officers were A.P. Lerman, president; S.A. Lerman, secretary; and L.N. Lerman, registered agent.

Images below are courtesy of Bohdan Rudy & Kwood93449.

line | Vintage Mastercrafters Action Starlight Clock Models: 47 & 434

Examples of timepieces made in Chicago by the iconic manufacturer of clocks by MasterCrafters. These wonderful clocks combine the element of time keeping with the effect of glitter. Mastercrafters' ownership was affliated with Florence Art Co which would explain the similarity in glitter used between companies.

The Action Starlite Model: 47, which features two glitter tubes (each located on either side of the clock's face), is the more contemporary design, of the two. We love the red and black carton line-drawn graphic artwork on the packaging of the Action Starlite.

To operate clock, plug into electrical outlet. Set to correct time. Action in glass tubes is controlled by light in base of clock. Turn light switch on. The action will start in 2 to 5 minutes. If quicker starting is desired pull the glass tubes out of base and gently shake them, replace in openings in base. To replace bulbs remove the screw in each of the four rubber feet in base of clock. Replace only with 10C7 bulbs.

Model No. 434 features a more traditional clock design with a single tube placed in front of a metal reflector, this reflector accentuates and reflects the kinetic glitter effect. To operate clock, plug into electrical outlet. Set to correct time. Action in glass tubes is controlled by light in base of clock. Turn light switch on. The action will start in 2 to 5 minutes. If quicker starting is desired gently lay clock on back and then immediately place in upright position.

To replace bulb remove 2 smaller screws near ends of clock base. Replace only with 10C7 bulb.

line | GemLite 650 Confetti & Later Models | Floating Confetti Shimmering | We love the pink ones!

We have already seen Lava selling GemLite lamps in their beautiful electric powered Continental and Mystique designs. Lava would go on to create a Gemlite Confetti design which started as Model 650.

This model would continue to be produced into the 1990s and examples of these GemLites from different eras can be seen below with different fluid colours and metal finishes.

line | Vintage USA Stardust Lites (Glitter lamps)

One of the most interesting glitter lamps from the vintage years was produced in Chicago by Heat Tapes Inc and feature beautiful ornate bases. Titled, Stardust Lites, these lamps are beautiful glitter lamps which feature slow moving shimmering flakes of glitter floating in colourful liquid. Stardust Lites feature an ornate styled base which add character to the lamp, a wooden base and furthermore a switch on the base for easy operation.

Stardust Lites shipped in Gold, Red, Blue and Green. A second version of these lamps featuring lava liquids was produced and titled Bubble Lites. These lamps have a very beautiful design and a very beautiful vintage look to them.

line | Vintage USA Pagoda Lamp Starlite Glitter lamp ...

This wonderful vintage USA Pagoda lamp was recently uncovered by Dietrich who emailed us at This particular design was produced by the Pagoda Lamp Co., a division of Heat Tapes, who produced these wonderful glitter lamps.

These particular lamps feature beautiful glitter pieces in various colours as listed on the front of the box.
Gold, Red, Blue, Green, Orange & Chartreuse (a colour that is between yellow and green). These particular lamps are very rarely seen in such a great condition and are a wonderful example of the vintage lamps produced. The cap of the bottle features a wonderful metal hat styled cap and the lamp is slightly oriental in its theme with a Pagoda inspiration. This gives the lamp character. The bottle has a slight taper with a lip and is held on a beautifully produced base featuring an integrated switch. These lamps are rarely seen in this great condition.

Many thanks to Dietrich for these wonderful images below. The model below is the blue version and was found in his Aunt's storage room.

line | Presents Vintage Glitter Lamps from all over the world ...

One of the most interesting aspects of the history of the lava lamp was that there were tonnes of different manufacturers of lava and glitter lamps. In Continental Europe there were tonnes of different designs produced by local manufacturers. Enjoy the images that show glitter lamps from all over the world. We particularly love the glitter lamp which has a spherical glass section of glitter. One particular characteristic of French glitter lamps is their "window" design. These "window" glitter lamps feature cutouts in the metal sections which display the glitter, shimmering inside the bottle.

line | Presents Mini Glitter lamp with fast moving aquamarine coloured glitter inside.

One such interesting Continental glitter lamp is this wonderful mini glitter lamp design that features circular colourful blue glitter, with a small, compact square base with an interesting bottle design. We love this small glitter lamp design that features a hybrid circular and square bottle design. Enjoy the images below which showcase this wonderful vintage glitter lamp design. Fast moving glitter inside the bottle, so please only use a low wattage bulb.

line | Presents a Vintage Glitter lamp featuring a cut glass bottle design.

Below one can see a popular vintage glitter lamp design, often seen in France. These interesting design features a cut glass bottle that adds to the interesting nature of the design. We have seen this design with a myriad of liquid colours, see below an orange version. Fast moving glitter inside the bottle, so please only use a low wattage bulb. We love the square design of this piece. Enjoy the images below.

line | Presents A Vintage Ceramic LUC Vallauris lava lamp ...

Below one can see a very interesting vintage lava lamp design created by LUC Vallauris, these interesting lava lamps have pottery/ ceramic bases and caps and are actually quite larger than they look, they are actually on par with the size of the Mathmos Astro and feature a tubular bottle. These lamps have been seen in a number of ceramic finishes, they also have been seen with glitter and lava liquids inside. Below one can see an interesting ceramic design of many that were produced. The lava liquids in these lamps remain liquidy when the lamp is cold.

line | Presents PYROFAG | German Glitter & Lava Lamps Manufactured in Western-Germany. Images kind courtesy of Wilfried Virmond.

Some of the most intriguing lava and glitter lamp designs were those by PYROFAG. PYROFAG imported and manufactured lava, glitter and fiber optic lamps. Some of their most distinctive designs are their lava and glitter lamps which feature ceramic bases and caps, which echo the beautiful of pottery of that era in Western-Germany. We love the ceramic designs below.

PYROFAG also created metal glitter lamps and one of our favourite designs can be seen below which features a beautiful window cutout design that frames the glitter bottle with translucent circles dots around the base. Enjoy the images below.

line | Presents The Iconic Astro lava lamp | The World's first lava lamp design in the World.

If there is one lava lamp design that is the most iconic lava lamp in the world, it is the timeless Mathmos Astro lamp. Seen below in many different finishes from different moments of its history. It is the iconic lava lamp and the world's very first lava lamp design. The Astro lamp was designed and invented in Great Britain by Edward Craven Walker, who manufactured it under his company named Crestworth.

Now Crestworth is known as Mathmos, and they still manufacture the lava lamp in Great Britain. The Astro lava lamp is so iconic that it featured on the packaging of Poppets which played tribute to iconic products from the past such as the: spacehopper, Mini and the slinky.

line | Vintage Advertisements for the iconic Astro and the Astro Mini lava lamp designs.

Below one can see some vintage Crestworth ads for the Astro and the Astro Mini (now known as the Astro Baby), the world's first lava lamp designs. These wonderful hand drawn, line-art advertisements show the lava lamp designs in a myriad of different places from the home to the bar. We especially love the artwork that shows the Astro lamp near the TV set. These ads saw the light of day once again in 2013, and were printed on the packaging of Mathmos' 50th Anniversary Astro, which was a Mathmos limited edition. Enjoy the images below ...

line | Presents the Early British "Astro" lava lamp range: Astro, Lantern, Nordic, Princess, Astro Mini

The wonderful images below show the early "Astro" lava lamp range with products such as: Astro, Astro Lantern, Astro Nordic, Astro Princess and Astro Mini. We particularly love the Princess design that features the Astro bottle elevated on a scroll metal base stand. Nordic (Cosmos edition) is also present. These lava lamps are some of the world's very first lava lamp designs. The images below are taken from Crestworth's "Astro Lamps" Stockists Manual.

line | Favoured for its Charm - THE ORIGINAL 'ASTRO'

Below: Perfect anywhere. Designed to suit any mood, any decor - in the home, office or public space. Perfect anywhere. Designed to suit any mood, any decor - in the home, office or public place. The 'professional' extra for waiting rooms, halls and reception areas. All colours available. Metal parts gleaming copper finish. Height 16" Base 6"

line | Astro Mini - Simple Elegance - Styled for International Appeal

Below: Astro 'Mini' - Simple Elegance. Will enhance the attractions of any room - has the clean, handsome ageless good taste. Perfect for table settings and as a decorative piece for all occasions. So graceful! - Ideal for use in pairs. Smart copper finish to metal parts. Colours to choice. Height 16" Base 4"

line | Presents the Vintage British Crestworth Astro Lantern lava lamp design.

The Crestworth Astro Lantern - TRADITIONAL BEAUTY "ASTRO LANTERN" - All the fascination of the old hurricane lamps - the comfort of a ships light in a storm. Authentic copper anodic finish. Two models were produced "Port" - Red and "Starboard" - Green. Port consisted of Rose masterfluid and Ruby wax. Starboard consisted of Blue masterfluid and Topaz wax.

line | Presents the Vintage British Crestworth Astro Princess lava lamp design.

The images below which are the kind courtesy of Dermot Shanahan, show the Crestworth Astro Princess lava lamp. This wonderful vintage design is actually quite rare to find, and features the Astro bottle elevated on a scrolled metal base stand. Crestworth also produced a giant Rocket lava lamp for promotion and special events such as tradeshows which is often referred by collectors as Princess.

line | Vintage Decoverre French Brochure featuring the Crestworth Classic Astro lamps and the Nordic Cosmos Glitterlite designs.

Below: One can see a vintage Decoverre French brochure which features a wonderful selection of Crestworth lava and glitter lamps such as the: Astro Mini, Cosmos (a Nordic design) and Astro Lantern. This brochure shows serves a great reference to vintage colour combinations of Crestworth's lava lamps and focuses on the wonderful Cosmos design that features the Nordic bottle placed on a pedestal styled base. Enjoy the images below ...

line | Crestworth Nordic Cone Glitterlite Design.

Below: Crestworth created a diverse array of Nordic lamp designs which all utilised the Nordic tubular bottle. One of the most popular was the Nordic cone base design which is a very beautiful design which features the lamp suspended on a cone base design. This design was sold with Glitterlite and Astro lava lamp liquids. Enjoy the images below ...


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