www.lavalamptimeline.com | Presents: The Consort lava lamp design & Its Variations ...

The Consort is a beautiful small vintage lava lamp which features a sleek, modern tubular design bottle that fits onto a square metal stem base. Consort originally featured wooden bases but this was later changed for plastic bases as the Consort ended production. Consort was directly inspired by Crestworth's Nordic designs and the beautiful Crestworth Cosmos lamp. The Consort concept would see a massive array of variations and the Consort lava lamp bottle would be used in a great number of designs from candle powered to even wall-mounted. Consort would see a basic version known as Nordic, with a polished metal/ chrome finish and a black plastic base. The Nordic name would also be used to refer to other models such as a chunky square metal based lamp that is rarely seen and a black plastic base version.

The Consort would also inspire a wall-mounted version known as Princess, which features a Consort bottle sitting in a cylinder base, with a switch placed on the base. The lamp was attached to a beautiful American walnut backing with a lovely panel of reflective plastic that reflects the wonderful light and colour from the Princess. This lamp is so very rare but if you are lucky to have one of these power yours with a 15 watt sewing machine bulb in the base.

Other versions of the Consort feature printed bottles known as Prayer Lites and the Child's Lite. The Prayer Lite with a Cross is perfect for praying next to and features a simple religious Cross in black printed onto the bottle. The Prayer Lite with a Menorah features the a Menorah on the bottle. Lava didn't forget children with yet another variation called the Child's Nite Lite that featured a cute clown printed on the bottle, juggling some balls around in the air. We also particularly love the later Consort design titled: Windsor that is oftesn seen with Glitter Lite fluids ... Enjoy the images below ...

www.lavalamptimeline.com | Presents: The Executive Model 2700

The Executive was yet another model that featured the Consort bottle, with a genuine walnut base desk set complete with two Eversharp ball point pens in swivel holders. The hardware was gold finished with Model 2702 with Orange lava base and yellow liquid. Model 2703 green and blue and model 2706 red lava base in clear liquid. It was described as: 'Magnificent Masterful Masculine' Did you know that there was another version of the The Executive with a Justice figure placed on the side?

www.lavalamptimeline.com | The Regency | Model 4200

The Regency is often confused with the smaller Consort lamp, which is seen more often for sale. The Regency was described as: "Tall, stately, dignified. A modern decorator touch" and features a tubular glass bottle, with a square walnut finished base. Models advertised in the brochure below include: Models 4202 Orange/ Yellow, 4203 Green/Blue and 4206 Red/Clear. This wonderful lamp is rarely seen and has been seen with both a metal and wooden cap. The Regency was part of the Royal 4000 Series.

www.lavalamptimeline.com | Presents: The Decorator lava lamp perfect for decorating ...

The Decorator extended the concept of the of the Aristocrat with a decorating tray placed at the mid point of the base where the two cone metal parts meet. This beautiful lava lamp featured a dish which was shipped empty and could be decorated with artificial foliage as often seen in brochure material. Decorator is most likely to be seen with the white porcelainized base with gold striations (gold paint splashed all over the base). This finish is often seen on other home items of the time. The big question is how will you decorate yours?

This model was targeted to the homewife who wanted to decorate the lamp and was shipped without any flowers, allowing one to decorate it as one pleased. Do you remember this model, did your family have one? With or without flowers you will love the vintage Decorator "lava lamp".

Decorator is seen in a 1966 brochure featuring three colour options: Green/ Blue, Champagne Mist and Red/ Clear. If you have one of these beautiful models, why not send us an email and let us know how you decorate yours. Decorator uses a 30w R-20 reflector bulb. The Decorator is sometimes confused for the later smaller 1970s Model Enchantress Planter which actually featured its own hippie flower ring straight out of the box!

www.lavalamptimeline.com | The Vintage Musical Lava Lamp | Music to our ears and eyes

We lava lamp collectors love the original lava lamps made in the USA and nothing is better than finding a lamp style or design that has not been seen before.

The lamp on the left is a typical Aristocrat with the white base and cap combination with the gold flecks of paint on the base and the cap. It is not an early white and gold Aristocrat as earlier versions of these lamps featured a gold cap as opposed to the white/gold cap seen.

However unlike normal ones this features an inverted tray that is located on the mid-point of the base. This tray contains two musical windup music motors which play sound. Once the music motors have been wound by clockwork action, they will begin to play music. Funky and great for for the young kids.

A few of these lamps have been spotted, therefore these lamps are not just customised pieces. Further to this the part which contains the music box has the same white and gold paintwork on it, which makes us believe this was not customised and shipped from the original factory. A few examples of these have been spotted and are very rare, therefore they may have only been produced for a limited time or in a small number. These lamps are not featured in any catalog or sales brochure that we have seen and do remain a musical mystery.

If you know any more about these lamps or have one, we would like to get in touch with you. Please drop us an email at: hippielight@googlemail.com Thanks!

www.lavalamptimeline.com | The Princess | The Beautiful Wall-Mounted Sconce "lava lamp"

The Princess wall mounted lava lamp - Model 2100 | "A dramatic new styling concept. Use singly in halls or foyers, use in pairs for smart new wall treatments." Princess featured a beautiful consort styled globe placed onto a walnut scone with a reflective back which reflects the motion within the lava lite. The base features a handy switch on the underside and it is connected via a tubular section to the wooden backing of the lamp. The wonderful photos below are kind courtesy of ammodesign.

Below one can see a these very rare vintage wall mounted lava lamps and they are completely stunning and complete with everything. Princess feautured various colour combinations in the 1960s: Green/ Blue, Champagne Mist and Red/ Clear. Princess uses a 15 watt intermediate base sewing machine bulb.

www.lavalamptimeline.com | The Enchantress & Enchantress Planter with its hippie ring of flowers to cheer everyone up

The Enchantress is simply a classic, first seen in the vintage years, and was a strong product even in the 1990s. The Enchantress is a simple 32oz vintage "lava lamp" featuring a dual two cone base and was offered in a satin gold finish. The cap of Enchantress is black plastic which has been sprayed gold to match the base. The Enchantress featured a very popular sister product featuring a dish of pretty plastic foliage named the Enchantress Planter.

There was also a sleeker version of the Enchantress which looks remarkably like Crestworth's Astro Mini! See the vintage Enchantress lava lamp below: Enchantress uses a 40w appliance bulb.

www.lavalamptimeline.com | Carlisle | The flow of a Vintage Carlisle lava lamp | Model 300

Carlisle is an amazing vintage design that features an amazing cone shape form, that is really different in style and fashion to any other piece of its time. Carlisle is a very simple design but extremely elegant. Carlisle combines the elegance of Century and Aristocrat, features the starlight holes as a beautiful touch to the base and the whole lamp is finished in a beautiful satin gold-tone. Carlisle was made in the USA and is a great vintage "lava lamp". Carlisle featured colour combinations such as: Orange/ Yellow, Green/ Blue and Red/ Clear. Carlisle was Model 300.

www.lavalamptimeline.com | Saturna - Spacey Design | The flow of a Vintage Saturna "lava lamp"

Saturna conjures all the thoughts of an alien spaceship or something magical like a wizard's hat. The Saturna was a 1970s "lava lamp" that featured a 32oz bottle just like the Carlisle and the Enchantress Planter. It looks really amazing and is a wonderful design. The base of Saturna (Model 400) is described as being "inspired by celestial bodies..." and the base resembes an alien space ship UFO base. Saturna is a beautiful and collectable vintage "lava lamp".

Below one can see a Saturna and see the lamp flowing, the base and the underside of the base. The Saturna looks wonderful next to the Aladdin "lava lamp". In fact they are the most magical looking "lava lamps" ever created. Please see the graphic below.

www.lavalamptimeline.com | Vintage GemLite Mystique Model | The flow of a Vintage Mystique GemLite Glitter Lamp

In the 1970s GemLite was introduced, a range of glitter lamps, these lamps really glittered like crazy. They featured a fast moving formulation which had beautiful pieces of silver reflective glitter inside the lamp. They also featured the traditional lava lamp formulation.

When the lamp was switched on the glitter would swirl beautifully in the lamp and would shimmer casting reflections on the surroundings. These lamps are very beautiful and extremely elegant. Below one can see the Mystique model as seen below. These lamps also were sold with the bubbling formula as well as GemLite formula, in fact one side of the box showed the lamp with the lava liquids and featured the text: "the light of a million moving shapes that soothes intrigues fascinates entertains", " A Motion For Every Motion". The side that features GemLite glitter liquids features the text: "enjoy the newest visual sensation in environmental lighting ... thousands of floating silver flecks twinkle a multi-color hypnotic spell that charms and fascinates".

Mystique Series 700, presents a square design described as: "Square and smart; its simplicity makes it one of the most sophisticated styles in our line" Internal supports within the square design support the bottle. Mystique uses a 30w intermediate (C-9) bulb.

www.lavalamptimeline.com | Continental Model 800 | The flow of a Vintage Continental Electric "lava lamp"

The graphics below is dedicated to a vintage model known as the Continental that was brought to market in the 1970s. This particular lamp design featured the bubbling liquids and also GemLite, which was a fast moving glitter formula. A big thank you goes to El Metador for taking these wonderful photos of these pieces in his collection which shows a Continental featuring the lava liquids. This particular model features two small circular heat coils placed next to each other side by side, to generate the stunning lava flow for the lava model.

The Continental "lava lamp" (seen below) featured an interestingly shaped bottle featuring round corners and was dimensionally very thin. This lamp featured an interesting base and cap which was cut at a slant offering a unique shape in the range. Please see the images below which show the lamp's construction and elegance. Continental uses a 30w intermediate (C-9) bulb.

www.lavalamptimeline.com | Instructions on how to assemble the Lava USA Coach Lantern ...

Images which display instructions on how to assemble the Lava USA Coach Lantern can be seen below ...

www.lavalamptimeline.com | KaleidoLite & Silver Spinner

KaledioLite consisted of a circular 7" globe on a brass finished cup with a solid American walnut base similar to the stunning Regency lava lamp. KaleidoLite contains a series of colored lights which are programmed to flicker singly and in sequence shining their lights through a matrix that creates a veritable myriad of colored shapes and shadows. KaleidoLite was launched in on the 1st April 1968.

The KaleidoLite. "Weird, Wanton, Whimsical and Watch-able, Ripe for the "in" crowd and IN for the ripe crowd!", "A great commercial eye-catcher for stores, outlets of any kind that want to attract attention." So said the sales catalog about this odd non-liquid lamp, oddly enough introduced on April 1, 1968.

The Silver Spinner was another clever product that features a beautiful metal base and a circular globe which sits on the base. Inside there is a standard lighting fitting and a spinning shade that sits on a needle and rotates simply via the heat generated from the bulb. As the shade rotates it casts coloured patterns on the surface of globe and beyond. This was one of their non-liquid kinetic lighting products.

It is a true psychedelic sensation! This particular model seen below, owned & photographed by Jerome Dopson, dates to the 1974 and is a great piece of history and a very hippie product.

www.lavalamptimeline.com | Vintage Advertisements | Mediterranean "lava lamps"

In the 1960s and the 1970s "lava lamps" were popular everywhere, the images below show some advertisements that display vintage "lava lamps". Below one can see the Mediterranean design alongside other vintage "lava lamps".

The Mediterranean is a beautiful vintage "lava lamp" featuring lovely wrought iron in deep lustrous black. Legs are formed by three Florentine scrolls. An early brochure displays Mediterranean in three colour combinations: 2942 Yellow Liquid and Orange Lava, 2943 Blue Liquid and Green Wax, 2946 Clear Liquid and Red Lava. The Mediterranean uses the same bottle as the Consort and other vintage "lava lamps". The Mediterranean is described in vintage catalogue material as: "Exotic Spain inspires a creation with all the mystery of Aladdin's Lamp. A hypnotic spell-binder designed for the Mediterranean mood" The cap of the Mediterranean vintage "lava lamp" was presented in a jet black finish. Mediterranean has also been seen with GemLite glitter bottles. GemLite presents fast moving glitter lamps in small designs as seen below ...

www.lavalamptimeline.com | Capri Vintage Lava Lamp Design | Lava & Gemlite

www.lavalamptimeline.com | Presents The Wave Machine and Starburst.

The Wave Machine was a completely new idea, featuring a vessel containing two different coloured liquids rocking up and down. When the Wave Machine is switched on, it creates the effect of waves rolling in and out of a shoreline and looks simply stunning to watch. Below one can see a very old wave machine with its whimiscal blue packaging and in particular is Model 16, also known as the Adriatic. We love the packaging.

Other decorative lighting ideas include: The Silver Spinner, Kaleidolite, Starburst, The Infinite Motion Lite and the Liqua-Lite. The Infinite Motion Lite presents a "tunnel of moving lites" in a square frame. To describe the Starburst we turn to the words of Hy Spector to Edward Craven Walker:

"This is a crude photo of the single prototype of Starburst, the new model mentioned in my letter. Picture this in a riot of expanding, undulating, colour combinations. The colors constantly mix to give you possibly 6 to 8, ongoing, never ending colours, constantly blending ... - Hy"

www.lavalamptimeline.com | 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 once 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.