Mark B. Ledenbach's vintage Halloween collectibles blog.

Antique 1920-30s German Painted Paper Mache DEVIL Head Halloween Candy Container

This is one of the better known fantasy pieces out there. The poor seller, in his description, sounds so excited to have found FOUR ALL AT ONCE! The person who sold them to him was probably happy to unload them. These began appearing in about 1995 and have wormed their way into many, many collections. (I see it taking up space in a distressingly high percentage of collections to which I am lucky to have access.) I, myself was fooled. A holiday dealer in business back then was Jenny Tarrant. She sold me one then refused to refund my money. That was a valuable lesson on several levels. Deal only with sellers who will guarantee authenticity forever. In any event, this is a purely decorative item with zero collectible value. Don't be fooled.