Oozing Goo - The Lava Lamp Syndicate


Model name:   Continental

Model number: 3100

Made by:   Lava Corporation

Years made:   1966 - ?

Rarity (scale of 1-10, 10 being hyper-rare):   7

Price (at time of sale):   $14.95


Color combos available (lava/liquid):

  • #3133 Green / Blue - Green glass
  • #3155 Champagne Mist - Yellow glass
  • #3166 Red / Clear - Red glass


Later in 1966, a catalog lists these colors:


Gold finish:

  • #3212 Orange / Yellow
  • #3215 Champagne Mist
  • #3216 Red / Clear

Silver finish:

  • #3222 Orange / Yellow
  • #3225 Champagne Mist
  • #3226 Red / Clear



This was a "non-electric" or "cordless" model. It had a small cylindrical bottle and a cap of slightly smaller diameter with a slightly domed flat top, also used in the Consort and many later models. The globe holder was metal collar having a row of cut-out oval vents. This collar screwed onto a glass cup, containing a poured wax candle that provided the heat and light. The candle cup sat on a shallow metal tray. Early catalogs show two versions: First, a bulbous, textured glass cup on a metal tray, with oval vents in the collar; later with a row of alternating diamonds and holes as the vents, a cone-on-cone textured glass cup, widest at a point slightly below-center, with four metal "fin" legs and a metal base tray. Both early and later styles supposedly color-coordinated the liquid/lava colors with the glass color. The metal finish was silver. When purchased, each came with one bottle/cap, base tray and collar, and two glass candle cups. Replacements were sold "at you local Lava Lite dealer". A candle lasted approximately 12 hours. It was then detached from the collar and base tray when burned out, and was thrown away, to be replaced with a new one. The lamp stood 13" tall, was 6" dia. Marketing of this model was suggested for home-and-garden stores, for the "outdoor living" trend that was in full swing.


All known models have a base which used only diamonds as vents, and had a white frosted glass candle cup in a cone-on-cone shape wider in the middle, sitting in a taller tray than earlier styles. The glass cup was actually clear glass, with a thin frosted finish glued on. There is also a silver version of this lamp called the Savoy (model number 3200), that looks similar, but has a silver base and frosted glass candle holder.

More photos of the Continental

Discussions on the Continental


Picture courtesy of ?.


A new version was discovered recently. This version has a textured frosted glass candle holder that sits on four legs. The only owner of this rare version is michelle R yoder.


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