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Rare & All-original Vintage Halloween Full-bodied Pulp Cat Lantern, 1920s-1930s For Sale
Welcome Fellow Vintage and Antique
Hallowe'en and Paper Ephemera Enthusiasts!
Many of you know us as longtime collectors and sellers of vintage and
antique Hallowe'en, Christmas, Valentine’s Day and Easter memorabilia, antique
dolls, old toys, and lovely old china and glassware.
For your all-year-long Hallowe’en-loving pleasure we are HAUNTINGly happy to
present a PURRRRfectly wonderful hard-to-find pressed paper pulp cat lantern
from the 1920s or the 1930s. This kitty comes straight out of our personal
Please meet the lovely Gwyneth! This is by far one of Ziz’s favorite pieces,
and Gwyneth was the very first full-bodied cat lantern she was ever able to
acquire. Gwyneth is in all-original condition with her golden tan and warm orange
paint, black highlights, fabulous paper insert creating her oh-so-SPOOKY
expression and she retains her original wire bale handle as well.
This kitty has warm and outstanding aged patina! This comes onlyfrom the many All
Hallows' Eves that she has seen. She measures 6 ½” high x 7” long x 4” wide.
This decoration was used to create asuper-SCARY feel for at least one of her
families on at least one Hallowe'en since she does have a little white wax in
her interior – and frankly Ziz loves to see this! Believe it or not, back in
the day, lanterns such as Gwyneth were lit using real wax candles. GASP!
Gwyneth is indeed a survivor.
Her exact condition is as follows: there is some paint wear, one bent ear tip,
a little damage to the tip of her tail and some tears to her original paper
insert. Please see photos. Notice her light-to-darker coloring, which is
original and helps to accentuate that great patina we spoke of earlier.
One similar to Gwyneth can be seen on page 133 of “Hallowe'en in America – Second Edition” written by Stuart
Schneider. Although Mr. Schneider attributes this lantern as being made circa
1940, it is Ziz’s opinion that this piece was made earlier. Kitties such as
Gwyneth came in solid black as well as in golden tan and orange with black
highlights. The cat itself came in two different iterations: our version, with
triangle shaped eyes, and another version that came with round eyes. Also, and
interesting to note, the paper insert came in different iterations as well.
Gwyneth’s insert is multi-colored and is in shades of bright pink, soft green,
medium blue and black. Although Gwyneth is unmarked, Ziz believes that she was
most likely made by F. N. Burt.
Gwyneth is, in our opinion, a true hard-to-find treasure and would make a MAGICally
magnificent addition to any Hallowe'en lover’s collection!
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 on this item and a DEVILishly low starting offer
so everyone will have a GHOST of a chance. Thank you for reading our
WE LOVE OUR buyers! We are thankful for you every day. Please check out our
other sales, including SCARCE VERY FINE Vintage Halloween Perched Owl Diecut
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Hoffmeister Germany Early 1900s, Vintage Tin Litho & Hard Plastic Doll
Carriage with Teddy Bears Ohio Art 40s-50s
We charge actual shipping costs with no handling fees. We’ll ship this piece
for $12.00 Priority Mail in the continental United States insured. The shipping
costs for this item are an estimate and may be more or less depending on your
location. However, if the actual shipping
costs are less, we WILL refund the difference. We pack with tender
loving care, and love to combine shipping. We’re also happy to arrange for free
pick-up if you can come to Lancaster PA.
Please pay within 3 days of end of sale. 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 sale. 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
Oh, there’ll be spooky doings
When cometh Hallowe'en,
With black cats loudly meowing,
And witches to be seen;
For ‘tis the night when bats careen,
And hoots the hooting owl,
While in the heavy shadows
The gray ghost slyly prowl.