Prices for boxes of Gibson seals have increased dramatically over the last 24 months with this result being the latest data point. The box of 1920s broomed witch seals originally contained 12 seals. With only 4 remaining, the lot still brought $88.
Dennison injected their designs with energy and whimsy as sales plummeted during the early 1930s. Today, discerning collectors avidly pursue these diminutive treasures produced in relatively low numbers. This happens to be one of my favorite of Dennison’s slide boxes. I lament that this example being offered isn’t in better condition. Collectors regularly ask whether it is key to have a slide box complete with its contents. I strive to buy the best I can, so my answer is the more complete the contents and the better the condition the easier the decision to buy becomes.
09/25 Update: Condition is paramount. This only brought $89.
This result is far more understandable. Even with less than a full complement of seals remaining, this design is seen so rarely that it has escaped my grasp all of these years. (I did try for it!) I do like the aesthetics of this seal - creepy yet cool!
I'm not sure what happened here. This Dennison slide box of 24 seals (8 of 3 designs each) is hard to find, but not impossible. It comes up from time to time and typically trades at or close to SGV of $95.
Dennison is rightly best known for the myriad of superbly designed boxed sets of seals, cut-outs, illuminated silhouettes and the like they produced from about 1913 through the 1960s. (The best of their production happened from about 1916 through 1930.) Some of their slide boxes are difficult to find while others more steadily become available. As this fine seller states, complete near-mint or better boxed sets are becoming harder to find. This particular set tends to be seen more than others and the guide value reflects this. These typically trade for $95.
The lucky buyer got a true bargain when acquiring these very rare Dennison seals for the paltry sum of $60. (I sure wish I was watching when these were still active!) Dennison made some designs for many seasons and in varying quantities per box. This is one of the designs offered for a season or two only. I've seen it offered maybe three times, tops.
Of all the many and varied genres of vintage Halloween memorabilia, Dennison slide box goods are near the top of the list. Something happened at Dennison during 1930-31. Some senior person must have decided to fairly radically alter their designs, injecting an Art Deco look to most of their new slide box goods, diecuts, etc. This change in style was fairly short-lived, perhaps due to a decline in sales. Who knows? What I do know is that by 1933 all of these designs were scrapped. Today Dennison goods from this narrow window are instantly recognizable and quite coveted.