Luminart TV lamp

luminart_lampMichelle Knows Antiques is a great way to find the value of your antiques. Submit your antique for appraisal on our easy to use form. Here is a recent appraisal from Michelle’s column in Discover Vintage America:

Q: I found this wonderful old lamp at a garage sale. It has a paper label on the base that says “Luminart.” Can you tell me anything about it and how much it is worth? Thank you.

A: You have a mid-century TV lamp made by Luminart Lampshades Products Inc. It is difficult to make out all the details on the lamp, such as the fish, but the name of this design is “Under the Sea.” You don’t often see a Luminart lamp with its original paper or foil label simply because the glue dissolves over time and they fall off or were removed when purchased so these lamps often go unattributed.

The company was founded in New York City in the 1920s by Julius “Juddy” Traum as the “Deco Lampshade Co.” the name was then changed to “Luminart Lampshades Products Inc.” and finally Sheridan China by Luminart” in the 1950s. The company remained in operation until around 1975.

The TV lamps were designed by Martin Deutsch, who went by the name “Marti of Hollywood”. Mr. Deutsch is also well known for designing head vases. TV lamps are a hot collecting genre and come in a wide variety of shapes and styles. The more ornate and outlandish the higher the price.

Your beautiful Luminart TV lamp from the late 1940s to early 1950s would sell for $65-$75 as long as it does not have any chips or cracks.


note – All prices given are for sale in a private sale, antique shop or other resale outlet. Price is also dependent upon the geographic area in which you are selling. Auction value, selling to a dealer or pawnshop prices are about half or less of resale value.

Written by Michelle Staley

Michelle Staley has over 35 years of experience as an antique collector, picker and dealer. She has done hundreds of insurance and IRS appraisals in addition to just satisfying another collector or dealer’s curiosity concerning what an item is, does or its worth. Other experience includes her work as a forensics consultant and in archeological identification and dating.

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