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Vintage Hallowe'en Paper Mache Pulp Jack O' Lantern Decoration 1930s Vfine Plus For Sale
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 holidaymemorabilia, antique dolls, old toys, and lovely old china and glassware. It’s only a little over three months until our favorite holiday! For your all-year-long Hallowe'en loving pleasure, we are HAUNTINGly happy to present a REALLY,REALLYBIG vintage Hallowe'en pulp Jack o' Lantern from the 1930s or 1940s. This huge, smilin’ Jack is in all-original, VERY FINEPLUS condition! Big is BOOtiful!
Please note: this is anAUTHENTIC, vintage item and NOT a reproduction!!! The company that made this lantern was called the Pulp Reproduction Company, which was located in Milwaukee, Wisconsin. This Jack retains its original label on the underside stating this, along with the words Made in USA.
Please meet Doozy! Made from pressed paper pulp, which is often referred to as paper or papier mache, this is as far as we’re aware one of the largest Jack o' Lantern designs ever made from this material. Doozy has his all-original paint with a FRIGHTfully fabulous semi-sheen in wonderful shades of old brownish-orange and bright green that accents his bottom and handsome eyebrows. Hispaper insert is in colors of navy blue, golden yellow, old red and ivory white.
Doozy retains his original waxed paper insert in near mint condition and his original wire bale handle as well. One of Ziz’s favorite adages is: the larger the decoration the higher the likelihood of damage, particularly with a piece that was intended for actual use. We think Doozy is in MAGICally magnificent condition for his age and size! Lanterns such as this one were meant to be lit on All Hallows' Eve using real wax candles – YIKES! To give Doozy his warm and inviting and haunting glow, we used a battery-operated candle now found at most craft stores.
This happy yet scary-looking pumpkin guy measures 7 ½” tall (9 ½” to the top of the handle) x 9” wide x 7 ½” deep.
His exact condition is as follows: there is a scuff at his lower lip and a few small ones around the underside rim. The original plug with its label is present and appears to be unused! This label was sooften removed!We seeNO burn marks or wax residue in his interior, so we must assume he was never allowed to do his Hallowe'en thing. There are a few tiny scuff marks near a side seam. The only issue keeping this lantern from being in near mint condition is that there is some pulp loss at the bottom and three small holes to the back only. Please see photos. The paper insert, giving Doozy his WICKEDly wonderful expression, shows no tears or holes, but has some pieces of old tape holding it in place. The insert sits perfectly. There is an old drip mark near a side seam that only adds to his super-SPOOKY charm.
In all of our years of collecting and sharing vintage Hallowe'en memorabilia, this is the largest Jack o' Lantern in the best condition we have ever been able to offer on . We think he would make a superb addition for the collector. If you wish to decorate with only one “knock-em-DEAD” Hallowe'en item, then Doozy may be all that you need!
WE LOVE OUR buyers! We are thankful for you every day. Please check out our other sales including 4 Vintage Stangl Art Pottery Bread & Butter Plates, Garland Pattern, 1959-71, 4 Vintage Stangl Art Pottery Cups & Saucers, Garland Pattern, Handmade, 1959-71, 5 Vintage Stangl Art Pottery Bread & Butter Plates, Garland Pattern, 1959-71, 4 Vintage Stangl Art Pottery Dinner Plates, Garland Pattern, Handmade, 1959-71, Vintage Stangl Art Pottery Large Bowl, Handled Soup Bowl Garland Pattern 1959-71, 5 Vintage Stangl Art Pottery Coffee / Tea Cups Garland Pattern Handmade 1959-71, RARE Vintage Hallowe'en 12-Panel Collapsible Lantern Germany 1920s, VERY FINE!, Antique Bisque-Head Doll Heinrich Handwerck Simon & Halbig Germany 23 1/2" 1890s, Vintage Fenton White Milk Glass Hobnail 11 1/2” Double-Crimped Handled Basket.
We charge actual shipping costs with no handling fees. We’ll ship this piece for $12.00 Priority Mail insured in the continental United States. 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 country.
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Vintage Hallowe'en Paper Mache Pulp Jack O' Lantern Decoration 1930s Vfine Plus: $158