Since being introduced in the 1930s, the Lone Ranger has inspired highly collectible memorabilia.
My daughter’s Lone Ranger lamp was her favorite when she was 10—and now that she’s a grandmother, it still is. What background can you give me?
J.K., Nescopeck, Pennsylvania
What’s it worth?
The Lone Ranger first rode out in the early ’30s, the creation of a Detroit radio station, and his popularity led to comic strip, paperback, television and movie adaptations. Ruggedly handsome Clayton Moore portrayed the masked Texas Ranger on TV, while Jay Silverheels, a Canadian Mohawk actor, played his faithful sidekick, Tonto.
Championed by parents, politicians and law enforcement agents for his dedication to justice, the Lone Ranger inspired highly collectible memorabilia. Kids coveted Lone Ranger watches, lunch boxes, cap pistols, silver bullets, radios, cereal box cutout masks and lamps such as yours. If the shade is original, it might sell for $250.
—Barbara J. Eash (Country Woman Magazine’s Antiques Expert)