This is an apt example of the relationship of condition to value. This 1920s German compo candy container is one of a small set of finely crafted and detailed items made during the decade. (The other one in the collection can be seen on page 65.) Without doubt, one in near-perfect condition would bring ~$600 and up. One of my collecting rules is to buy only the best and pass on items in less than very fine condition, like this one. Else, you'll spend additional funds down the line upgrading what is, in essence, a placeholder. I'd rather have an empty spot in a collecting cabinet that have it filled with a place holder.
Mark B. Ledenbach's vintage Halloween collectibles blog.