|doll lamps that light up under the skirt|
One of my favorite things I got for Christmas this year from the mister is a half doll lamp! I've loved these since I was in high school, but my collection only numbered one until the other day! He gave me a beautiful chalkware lady exactly like the one above on the left, except mine has a fuller skirt covered in pink lace! She also came in her original box, which is gorgeous in itself. It says "PRINCESS" in really big script at the top, and then at the bottom says "exquisite doll lamp." So cute! She gives off the coziest glow.
|doll lamps that light up under a shade over the head|
I think my favorite doll lamps are the ones that light up under the skirt. This is the most traditional style. Dresses were usually handmade (the skirt on mine even has a little hand sewn snap closure on it) with lots and lots of lace and tulle. The base was a simple wire form. Doll lamps were popular boudoir items among ladies throughout the 1920s-1940s, though up until around the 70s there were still some made by crafty old ladies, but those were mostly your big plastic dolls with huge frothy hand-crocheted outfits, and they pretty much all lit up from a shade at the top. I love those too, for their over-the-top gaudiness and creepy look. My very first one was this type.
I have more photos of doll lamps (including mine!) on my flickr: check 'em out!