These two diminutive German composition candy containers were originally sold as a set so it good to see them being listed at the same time. The ones in the collection can be seen on page 66.
There are a few high quality candy containers listed right now. This is a superior German composition candy container produced during the 1920s. Just look at that molding! The expression is captivating and the paint near-perfect. It’ll be instructive to see what this fetches.
This is a composition figural produced in Germany during the 1920s. It is one of five produced that comprise a full set of the “band members.” See the others on page 84.
09/19 Update: This brought a reasonable $179.26.
The photos are poor enough that I cannot be sure, but this appears to be a standard 1920s German composition candy container rather than bisque. I have not seen rubber tails used on German candy containers. They are typically metal springs. The tail has almost certainly been replaced.
This is a great little candy container being sold by an outstanding and knowledgeable collector. I appreciate the many excellent photos, the no-holds-barred description and the chance to acquire such a solid piece at a potential bargain price point!
08/25 Update: I sure was glad to see this wonderful item brought such a strong price, fetching $351. Congrats KL!
I'm glad to see these Veggie figurals getting some secondary market love. The Germans made these figurals in an astounding assortment of designs. I have collected them since the beginning. Made from composition, these lightweight figurals brighten up any display. The mate to this boxer can be seen on page 81, upper right.
This candy container looks more squat than it should. (It could be just the angle.) The complete mark on the underside is hard to discern. I think it says "Container Made In Germany." If that is so, that mark was used exclusively during the early 1950s.
04/13 Update: This sold for a mere $148.50, so the marketplace had its suspicions as to age as well.
I was driving with some friends yesterday morning and mentioned that I had seen this listing and felt the candy container was a good one for the price. They logged on to eBay and bought this about three hours after I had seen it. I feel this seller got lucky that I mentioned it. He had only two poor photos and a description only Piet Mondrian would appreciate. I don't think anyone else would have taken the $550 plunge with such scant information.
I know that these two little witches went to a very good home about 85 miles from my house. My friends smartly snapped these 1920s German composition witch candy containers up for a comparative song. With minimal restoration these will be stunners.
This small composition Veggie person was made in Germany during the early 1920s. Most of this ilk were meant to stand on round cardboard bases, hence the glue remnants on the bottom. I don't feel that the absence of the base is a material factor in valuation with this category of figurals. The buyer got a very solid bargain, given that sustainable guide value is $135. An identical example is shown on page 81.
This small figural on a candy box exhibits a problem common to a high percentage of vintage composition pieces painted black - flaking. I have seen it so often for so many years now that it must be a quality inherent in the black paint used in the 1920s and early 1930s. In my view, such flaking underscores the age of the piece, so I typically don't find it too off-putting.
Although started at a reasonable price, unlike too many of the listings in the Vintage Halloween category, this German composition candy container has some issues. The twig broom that originally was present is missing as is the brim of her pointed hat. The brooms have been reproduced and should be easy to obtain but repairing the hat will require a level of restorative skill that certainly eludes me.
This 1920s German nodder would have originally been sold with a green feather that protruded from his head.
This looks to be a vintage candy container in quite nice condition, aside form the few paint flecks to the side of a horn. The Germans made a set of these figures all standing on a stump. (To see a Veggie man example, see the lower right of page 77.) The devil head was also molded in the same way but to a different body. (To see this, turn to page 63.) The seller gets the date of manufacture wrong. These candy containers date to the 1920s. I feel the BIN price reflects full value plus for this item.