This result is surprising. The item, issued by the Pacific Candle Company of Hayward, CA during the 1950s, is relatively common. It generally trades for around $20, complete. With this example, the box isn't pristine and the candles have clumped together making it far less desirable.
Candles are an excellent genre for those starting out in our fun hobby as they were typically nicely molded and remain affordable. The buyer of this lot got a solid deal as they were able to acquire a dozen nice candles and its unusual box for only $150. I say the box is unusual primarily because it represents goods sold in Canada. I am not sure if I've seen this particular iteration before. There were a good number of holiday candle manufacturers. Gurley was arguably the most skilled purveyor of these now-vintage candles as their designs were numerous and often inventive.
Vintage candles are a great entry genre for new collectors. There are many different ones, all with invitingly low price points. In this lot, the black cat at the left and the larger witch are the best of the bunch, alone justifying the price at which the entire lot changed hands. Be careful when storing these. Some friends were unhappy to discover their candles had congealed into one multi-colored pool from being stored in an outdoor shed in a plastic tub.
Isn't this just the best-looking box of candles? I love the graphics and the coloration.
The trio of JOL candles was made by Avon in the mid-1990s, so they are not truly vintage except if you really distort the meaning of that word.
This is an exceptional example of a decorative candle box, arguably the best I have ever seen. It went for a song, much to my chagrin. I had this on my "watch list" and simply forgot to bid. Congratulations to the attentive buyer!