Regal IrisFenton Iris Red Carnival Lamp 

Gone With The Wind Lamp

by: John Valentine

Here's the story behind the Regal Iris Lamps that was reproduced in Carnival. 

Larry and Joan Kellett were the owners of a wholesale hand painted lamp manufacturing company in Jonesboro, Arkansas. They were seeing at the time quite a demand for special treatment lamps. They had wanted so bad to come up with something Exciting. One day they attended a Woody Auction near St. Louis and saw an old Red Regal Iris Lamp sell for $9,200. They fell in love with this lamp and that started them looking for the old lamp mold. After a lot of searching they decided the old mold was gone and they would do the next best thing and have a new mold made. The Kellett's had a friend  (Bill Freeze) in the same business that knew were to find a Regal Iris lamp. 

Working together Mr. Freeze and the Kellets took the lamp to Joe Wishard of Island Mold. Were a casting was made from the original Regal Iris lamp. Wishard worked on the mould for about 5 months. The lamp when finished was 31" tall and with a pair shaped bottom just like the original old lamp, but they had said it really was about 11" round by the time you count the Iris pattern embossing that sticks out. There were also some of the Regal Lamps made with two double balls.

Next.... the Kelletts took the mold to Fenton Art Glass where they had planed to make it in Aqua Opal Carnival. The lamp run in Aqua Opal for 1 turn but due to some error on Larry's part, the snaps wouldn't hold and they would fall off while spinning. Sometimes they would get the OK after the spinning and sprayed them gold and as the handler would hand it to the other they would just go POW!! and explode. They broke several thousand dollars worth of glass that day. But there was about 67 total lamps made in the Aqua Opal with the Pear shaped bottom, and it is unknown how many was made in the double ball, but a good guess would be less than 10 lamps.

The Kelletts were very discouraged but Bill Fenton cheered him up and they talked of making it in Cameo or Custard. Then Larry said, "Do you think you could make it in Red and Iridize it? They used a process Fenton had used before to get a Fire Engine Red. It took 14 men to make 1 globe and 3 to iridize it. He said they gathered crystal first (kind of like case glass) then Ruby over crystal.....then this was reheated and blown in the mold. They had hoped to get 120 but only had 88 when they came out of the liers. Art Edwards was the Quality Control man and by the time they were checked by him they had 33 lamps left to go on the market. Out of those 33 lamps less than half had the double ball shape. More of the lamps was made with the pear shaped bottom.

This lamp in short was made by Fenton Glass in 1980 in a limited edition of 33 pieces in red carnival.

There was one other time the Kelletts were visiting Fenton and Fenton was producing marigold carnival. Bill Fenton had asked Larry & Joan if they would like a few samples made in marigold to see if they would like them. Only 6 samples were made by Fenton in the marigold carnival. 

When the Kelletts sold their Lamp Company, Mr. Freeze bought the mould to the Regal Iris Lamp. The mould stayed at the Fenton Art Glass Company.

Later in 1983 the Regal Iris Gone With The Lamp mould was leased to Levay Glass Company. There were 4 different lamps made during this time for Levay Glass by Fenton. None of the colors were carnival, but was made in a very limited number. These colors were a red satin, burnt sunflower (Burmese style), dianthus satin (light pink), and the last one was red satin with transparent flowers. 

In 1984 Mr. Freeze approached Fenton Art Glass Company, to again make the Regal Iris Gone With The Wind Lamp. According to Mr. Freeze the following colors were made, the numbers are as close as Mr. Freeze can remember. When the lamps were first produced he had approached a lady in in Kansas by the name of Dorothy Taylor, who had helped him sell some of them. 

The following color was made first:
1.) Ruby Red Double Ball, not carnival, limited to 50 lamps.
2.) Ruby Red Pear Shaped, not carnival, limited to 50 lamps.
3.) Ruby Red Double Ball, carnival, limited to 25 lamps.
4.) Ruby Red Pear Shaped, carnival, limited to 25 lamps.

Mr. Freeze also had many samples of the lamps made in other colors, below is a list of these colors and the number made.
1.) Cranberry Double Ball, not carnival, limited to 12 lamps.
2.) Cranberry Pear Shaped, not carnival, limited to 12 lamps.
3.) Ice Pink Double Ball, not carnival, limited to 12 lamps.
4.) Ice Pink Pear Shaped, not carnival, limited to 12 lamps
5.) Ice Pink Double Ball, carnival, limited to 12 lamps.
6.) Ice Pink Pear Shaped, carnival, limited to 12 lamps.
7.) Ice Blue Double Ball, not carnival, limited to 6 lamps
8.) Ice Blue Pear Shaped, not carnival, limited to 6 lamps
9.) Ice Blue Double Ball, carnival, limited to 6 lamps
10.) Ice Blue Pear Shaped, carnival, limited to 6 lamps


VALUES

I do hope you as a collector or a dealer remember that this is guide, not a final word, values on these lamps could be much more than what they are valued at in the values below, due to demand and how many they were limited to. If you see a lamp that has link, it is a link to picture of that lamp.

The Lamps made for the Kelletts:
1.) Aqua Opal Double Ball, carnival, limited to less than 10 lamps made: Value: $1,250 - Plus
2.) Aqua Opal Pear Shaped, Carnival, limited to 67 lamps made: Value:$1,250.00, one sold at auction in 2002 for $1,850.
3.) Ruby Red Double Ball, carnival, limited to less than 15 lamps. Value:$750.00 - Plus
4.) Ruby Red Pear Shape, carnival, limited to less than 20 lamps. Value: $750.00 - Plus
5.) Marigold Double Ball carnival, samples 6 lamps made. Value: $1,500 - Plus

The Lamps made for Levay Glass:
1.) Red Satin Pear Shaped, not carnival, limited to unknown number of lamps. Value: $350.00 - Plus
2.) Burnt Sunflower (Burmese type color) Pear Shaped, not carnival, limited to unknown number of lamps. Value: $450.00 - Plus
3.) Dianthus Satin (pink color) Pear Shaped, limited to unknown number of lamps. Value: $350.00 - Plus
4.) Red Satin with Transparent Flowers Pear Shaped, limited to unknown number of lamps. Value: $350.00 - Plus

The Lamps made for Mr. Freeze:
1.) Ruby Red Double Ball, not carnival, limited to 50 lamps. Value: $350.00 - Plus
2.) Ruby Red Pear Shaped, not carnival, limited to 50 lamps. Value: $350.00 - Plus
3.) Ruby Red Double Ball, carnival, limited to 25 lamps. Value: $750.00 - Plus
4.) Ruby Red Pear Shaped, carnival, limited to 25 lamps. Value: $750.00 - Plus

SAMPLES MADE For Mr. Freeze
1.) Cranberry Double Ball, not carnival, limited to 12 lamps. Value: $750.00 - Plus
2.) Cranberry Pear Shaped, not carnival, limited to 12 lamps. Value: $750.00 - Plus
3.) Ice Pink Double Ball, not carnival, limited to 12 lamps. Value: $550.00 - Plus
4.) Ice Pink Pear Shaped, not carnival, limited to 12 lamps. Value: $550.00 - Plus
5.) Ice Pink Double Ball, carnival, limited to 12 lamps. Value: $750.00 - Plus
6.) Ice Pink Pear Shaped, carnival, limited to 12 lamps. Value: $750.00 - Plus
7.) Ice Blue Double Ball, not carnival, limited to 6 lamps. Value: $750.00-  Plus
8.) Ice Blue Pear Shaped, not carnival, limited to 6 lamps. Value: $750.00 - Plus
9.) Ice Blue Double Ball, carnival, limited to 6 lamps. Value: $1,000.00 - Plus
10.) Ice Blue Pear Shaped, carnival, limited to 6 lamps. Value: $1,000.00 - Plus


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