One perk of being an Antique Show Promoter is getting first pick of items available at the event. Unfortunately, I often find myself so busy with show operations on set-up days that it's hard for me to find the time to browse for my own pleasure. A short window of time did open up for me at our recent event this past October in Springfield, Missouri, the Antique Festival of the Ozarks.
Destiny has already allotted to me the fate of being captivated by felines. I like to keep an eye out for pieces that accentuate my love of kitties, and was delighted to find a few treasures in the booth of Jack & Lila Christensen, from Decorah, Illinois. They always have a great variety of whimsical pieces, with a speciality in vintage children's items and vintage treasures with animal themes.
The Christensens usually display a shelf typically filled with various TV lamps and this time they were offering one I had never seen before. Shown below is a California Pottery Leland Claes Siamese Cat TV Lamp from the 1950s that I could not pass up! How many of you remember mom warning not too watch television without a light burning, in order to avoid eye damage? I was always defiant on this point but still think these lamps are charming, and they actually came in a wide variety of styles at the time. You can learn more about them and see several examples in this Collector's Weekly article.
Another irresistible treasure found in their booth were these two hand-tinted Bradley Currey Cat Photos. There are apparently a huge variety of these 1940s-era photos waiting to be found by antique-loving cat collectors! I look forward to expanding my collection in the future.
Do you love vintage kitties too? Tell us about your collection in the comments section below.