Welcome Fellow Vintage and Antique Hallowe'en and Paper Ephemera Enthusiasts!
The black cats nap, the skeletons rest.
Ghouls and goblins – they don’t care.
But as our friends know quite well,
All year long we love to SCARE!
Many of you know us as longtime collectors and sellers of vintage and antique Hallowe'en memorabilia, antique dolls, and old toys. For your all-year-long Hallowe'en loving pleasure, we are HAUNTINGly happy to present a super-early vintage Hallowe'en Jack o' Lantern that was made in Germany circa 1920 or earlier. This Jack is in completely all-original condition!
Please meet Josiah Jack O’Lantern. This smilin’ Jack was made from formed and stapled cardboard with a light composition wash and was hand-painted in the most incredible shade of old brownish-orange. Josiah has his original paper insert creating his super-SCARY expression. He has an original, brown, hand-painted line accenting his mouth. He has his original cardboard bottom, his original tin candle holder and his original wire bale handle as well!
He is marked on the underside in purple ink but we simply cannot make out the words. He is unquestionably of German origin and measures 4” high (4 ½” to the top of his handle) x 4 ¼” wide x 3 ½” deep. We absolutely love the look of this lantern and the exact condition for this piece is as follows:
It does not appear as though he was ever asked to light up his family home on All Hallows' Eve. There is NO candle wax in his interior. Unbelievably, lanterns such as Josiah were often lit using real wax candles. GASP!!! We used a battery-operated candle for his eBay debut. His original paper insert has a couple of tiny holes at the mouth and the cardboard base is missing a section. Commensurate with Josiah’s elderly age, he does have some discoloration to the surface which only serves to increase his Hallowe'en appeal. There is a small area of surface loss at the bottom along a side seam.
Ziz is particularly fond of early pieces German Hallowe'en memorabilia because of their rarity and classic early designs. We think Josiah Jack would make a superb addition to any Hallowe'en collection, particularly for those who like complete originality!
Please remember Ziz’s motto: Eat, Drink and Be Scary!
No BONES about it, we have SCARED up a great deal for true Halloween DIE-hards! There is no reserve on this item and a DEVILishly low starting bid so everyone will have a GHOST of a chance. Thank you for reading our desCRYPTion. Enjoy!
WE LOVE OUR BIDDERS! We are thankful for you every day. Please check out our other auctions including 4 Authentic Cobalt Ritz Blue Depression Glass, Moderntone Dinner Plates 1934-50s, 5 Authentic Cobalt Ritz Blue Depression Glass, Moderntone Small Plates 1934-50s, 3 MINT Authentic Cobalt Ritz Blue Depression Glass, Moderntone Cups 1934-50s, 4 Authentic Cobalt Ritz Blue Depression Glass, Moderntone Saucers, 1934-50s, MINT Authentic Cobalt Ritz Blue Depression Glass, Moderntone Sugar/Creamer, Cute Antique Bisque Head Doll Simon & Halbig for George Borgfeldt, 21”, Germany, Antique Bisque Shoulder-Head Doll Armand Marseille Florodora 21”, Germany 1890s.
As our gift to fellow Hallowe'en collectors, we will ship this item to you FREE including insurance!
Please pay within 3 days of end of auction. We'll ship within 1 business day of receipt of payment. Pennsylvania residents pay 6% sales tax. While we prefer to ship to the United States only, we will ship overseas to interested collectors – but will need to quote actual shipping costs at the end of the auction. All international sales will be shipped USPS Priority Mail International insured. We also cannot predict other fees such as tariffs or duty taxes for each country.
Happy Hallowe'en 2012!