The seller made an error offering this with a BIN of $75, as this rare mini-diecut would have fetched triple-plus that in an auction format.
This dexterity game, made by Gilbert using Dennison art, surfaces regularly and typically sells for $20-40. This result, therefore, makes no sense. The seller must be simply agog while the buyer may be wondering what hit them. Sometimes I think that some buyers inadvertently form a group that could be accurately described by the title of John Kennedy Toole's most popular novel.
This lantern is very fragile, made from thin paper. To have the opportunity to acquire one of this quality and in this condition is a rare event in and of itself. This collapsible form doesn't lend itself to longevity, as you can well imagine. Beistle only made this lantern for a few seasons. As I point out in my book, the cat's head was also used as part of the art of Beistle's I'm a Dumbskull game.
This set of three fold-out small cat decorations was made by Whitney. This Massachusetts firm, which closed in 1943, was diffident about marking their many wares. Nearly the sole way to identify a Whitney item is to train your eye to recognize their art. The way I did it was to closely examine Whitney postcards, all or nearly all of which are marked. Imagery appearing in their postcards often become table decorations. Whitney also used a very open, unadorned font that is easy to identify. (Jason Walcott, a famed font designer and fellow Halloween collector, may be able to shed light on the precise name of the Whitney font.)
The seller writes that this "Looks like this just came off the country store shelf." The reason it does is because it could very well have been made yesterday. Such questionable items are being seen in greater and greater numbers as the seasons pass. Bear in mind that such items, with few, if any, advanced collectors considering them truly vintage, have zero collectible value, merely scant decorative value.
This is a desirable Bugle tin litho noisemaker made in the late 1940s. Not as rare as once thought, my new edition gives this a Relative Scarcity Index number of "3" and a sustainable guide value of $125.
The belle of the ball this cycle has most definitely been Beistle. Virtually all of the offerings for top-shelf Beistle items have been snapped up for prices that seem excessive to me. Although the overall condition of the dual faces seemed pretty choice, it was still missing its header, making the result that much more difficult to fathom. That said, arguably this is the most iconic Beistle item out there, alongside their 1923 fairy clock and their early Party Outfits.
I'm surprised this rare tin litho noisemaker lingered on Ebay for almost precisely a full day with such a reasonable BIN price. Yes, it definitely has some surface condition issues, but this is one rare item. I've seen it only a few times in 26 of collecting. Guide value is $225. Congrats to the lucky buyer. (Wish I would have seen it!)
Wasn't Beistle scraping the VERY bottom of the creativity barrel when they issued this as a Halloween diecut? The once great firm, responsible for some of the most iconic Halloween imagery during the 1920s and 1930s, was reduced to this by the 1950s. They rebounded some after this but never again regained the preeminence they enjoyed during Halloween's Golden Age. (Beistle would be smart - and all of us would benefit - if they would hire an artist like Matthew Kirscht to helm their Halloween creative output today.)
I consider this to be one of the better lithoed paper over cardboard horns produced in the USA. The use of yellow as the primary background color is unusual, setting this noisemaker apart in a display case. The manufacturer isn't known. The Canadian manufacturer, Granger Company, in Montreal produced a black and white version that is scarcer but not as visually appealing. Sustainable guide value on the US horn is $100.
10/20 Update: A battle royale ensued over this horn as it sold for $194.50.
Given the missing as well as the detached knot plus the tear in the honeycomb, I feel this was an extraordinarily high price to pay for this 1920s Beistle item. Sustainable guide value for one in near-perfect condition is $400.
Given the single, rather poor photo, it's hard to tell if this is a truly vintage item or one of the reproductions. As I write on page 53, "Reproductions made beginning in the mid-1990s use a thinner, high gloss paper stock yet still have wood wheels." It would have been useful for the seller to have included a photo of the bottom to see if it is marked.
This nicely engineered siren horn noisemaker was made by T. Cohn during the 1950s. In working order, these typically bring $80, so this went for a strong price.
The seller will have to channel his/her enthusiasm somewhere else as this is nothing but a newly made lantern amateurishly fashioned after a hard-to-find German diecut. This is a soulless item with zero vintage value.