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Any holiday qualifies but most of my items are Christmas or Halloween since that is what I collected. Candy containers, figures, mechanical toys and any holiday related stuff will be found here.

Mechanical Holiday Toys

Candy Containers

Holiday Celluloid Figures

Other Holiday Items

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Read the description carefully as information about condition, working order, size, materials of construction, vintage and my personal opinions and observations will be mentioned there.

As far as the photos are concerned, I include views from all angles (if applicable), try to focus on any defects and generally let you see the toy as if you were inspecting it in person. That said, sometimes photos make things look better and sometimes worse. When a picture of a small item is blown up to a large size all kinds of defects seem to jump out at you...like looking at your skin in a magnifying mirror. The actual item seen by the naked eye, especially our aging eyes,often looks better than the photo.

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Mechanical Holiday Toys

Image
Name
Description
Price
Small Japanese Friction Celluloid Santa on Tin Litho Sled

4 and 7/8 inches (12.4 cm) long

VG

This Japanese Santa on sled is different from most of the others in two ways. First it has a friction mechanism instead of being a wind-up, second the tin sled has litho decoration instead of just being painted tin. At just under 5 inches it smaller than most also. The tin sled has Christmas decorations such as jingle bells, holly, bells, a candle and evergreen branches on both sides. The sled is pulled by a single celluloid deer. The celluloid Santa sits on the sled, holding the reins. Condition is very good. The tin litho colors are bright and the mechanism works well.

MH-2

$95.

Japanese Wind-Up Celluloid Santa Claus on Sled with Two Deer in Box

5.5 inches (14 cm) long

EX in Box

 

Two prancing celluloid deer are hitched side by side to this vintage Japanese wind-up, Santa Claus on Sled ( the Japanese loved this name and used it over and over). The celluloid Santa holding a pack sits on the sled holding the reins. When wound with the attached key the painted tin sled rolls forward in a circle, an eccentric front wheel causing it and the deer to bob up and down as the bell on the back of the sled rings. This smaller size two deer version is harder to find than the ones with a single deer. Condition is excellent in the original box. The colors are good, there is no damage to the celluloid and the mechaniam works well. The box is in equally nice condition.

MH-4

$145.

Pre-War Japan Santa Waving Ball Wind-Up in Box

6 inches (15.2 cm) tall

Toy VG

Box -Fair

This rare pre-war Japanese Santa comes with a partial original box. The same box was used for three different toys: the Santa, a Gipsy Dancer and a Lucky Clown. The 6 inch tall Santa has a celluloid head and is holding an open-work celluloid ball with a jinglebell inside with his upstretched arm. The body of the Santa is dressed in light cloth. He has a cotton beard and tin feet and the other arm holds a net sack over his shoulder that is stuffed with shredded cellophane.

When wound the Santa's upper body moves side to side, causing the ball with the bell inside to wave and the Santa to move forward (sort of) in a hopping side to side motion. The box is missing both ends and there are numerous tape repairs, some paper tape, some cellophane tape. It is nice to at least have an example of the box, especially the paper label on the front.

Condition on the toy is very good. The mechanism works well. The box is as described, not so great.

MH-5

$135.

Occupied Japan Wind-Up Celluloid Santa with Bell and Nodding Head

4.5 inches ( 11.5 cm) tall

VG

The Occupied Japan version of the celluloid Santa holding a bell and with a sack over his shoulder is much shorter than the pre-war one. He also has a westernized face with wide round eyes. The toy rolls forward when wound with the attached key. The Santa moves in a circle and the slightly jerky movement causes the head to nod and the bell to swing (you can't really hear it ring). Colors seem a bit washed out, especially on the face. How much of that is how it was painted and how much can be fading is not clear because the red of Santa's suit is fine.

MH-8

$115.

1950's Tin Japanese Sparkler-Santa Coming Out of Chimney

5.25 inches (13.3 cm) tall

EX

This all tin Japanese sparkler has a Santa who comes out of the top of the brick chimney when you push the plunger. Sparks (yes, it is still sparking) are visible through the windows of the brick house. The children seem to be waving to Santa from a basement window well. Great colorful and detailed litho. Excellent condition.

MH-11

$50.

Japanese Waving Santa on Sled Wind-Up with Yellow Basket

8.5 inches (21.5 cm) long

EX

This wind-up Japanese Santa on Sled variation has a celluloid Santa with arm raised in a cheery wave sitting wrapped in a blanket on the tin sled. A yellow celluloid basket on the back is filled with toys including a teddy bear and a kewpie doll. Condition is excellent. No problems at all with the celluloid. When wound the sled rolls forward in a circle, bell ringing, and deer prancing as you would expect.

MH-16

$95.

 

Pre-War Japan Troika Celluloid Santa Sled Wind-Up in Box

10.5 inches (26.6 cm) long

EX in box

This large and impressive Pre-War Japanese all celluloid Santa sled is called Troika. The label on the box is missing a section (eaten by mice?). You can see two deer in the picture; there must have been three (troika, get it). As with many Japanese toys, box artwork and toy only have a passing resemblance. The single celluloid deer is brown and much larger than his prancing white brothers. Even though his legs are straight he still bobs up and down as the sled rolls forward (in a circle, of course). The conditon is excellent. Celluloid colors are bright, there are no cracks, dents or other problems and the mechanism works well.

MH-17

$650.

Colorful Japanese Tin Litho Santa Sparkler

5 inches tall

2.75 inch diameter

Very Good

but not working well

There are only a few Japanese tin Christmas sparkler toys. This late 1960's example is probably the hardest one to find. What makes it different is the over-all litho of Christmas and Santa scenes.

The mechanism, as on many of the later sparklers , has a plastic plunger and gears. The gears did not hold up well with use and this one is no exception. Pushing the plunger makes the sparkler try to spin but the gear slips too much for it to really get going. Perhaps that is why the flints are still in good condition.

The tin litho is still bright with minor wear. Scenes of a snow ccovered brick house, piles of wrapped presents, Santa in his reindeer pulled sleigh, Santa at the top of a chimney, Santa waving, Santa with a snowman toy and Christmas images of a wreath, bells and a lantern cover all parts of the mechanism housing and sparkler face.

MH-22

$85.

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Holiday Candy Containers

Early Japanese or Nippon Halloween Candy Containers

These early Japanese Halloween items were manufactured in a cottage industry setting. They were often constructed of cardboard and crepe paper, sometimes stuffed with cotton and with hand painted details and applied printed paper details (eyes or mouths). Arms and legs were often wire wrapped in cotton batting. Parts were assembled and finished by one or two people in the home as opposed to a factory. They do have a somewhat homemade look. These items were not always marked. Sometimes they are stamped Nippon or Japan but often there is no mark. You just learn to recognise the look. Most are pre-war Japanese. They are so delicate that I am astounded to see them in such good condition 85-90 years later.

Image
Name
Description
Price
Pre-War Japan Witch with Orange and Black Cat Candy Container

7 inches (17.5 cm) tall

VG to EX

This unusual and desirable 7 inch tall, early Japanese, Halloween candy container is marked Nippon and probably dates from the 1920s or 1930s. The witch is wearing a crepe paper hat decorated with a black bat and carries a broom with a cotton batting carrot tied to it. A bizarre looking orange cat with black spots stands at her side.

This rare Halloween collectible is in very good to excellent condition for its age. There is some crazing in the paint and one or two chips in the paint along the bottom edge. The three dimensional formed cardboard candy container has a bottom opening. It is stamped Nippon on the bottom.

H-3

$565.

Pre-War Japan Old Fashioned Telephone Candy Container

4.25 x 3 x 1.5 inches

EX

This Japanese candy container is a box with bottom opening that is made to look like an old fashioned telephone. The surface is covered with the textured orange paper, the "mouthpiece" has a face of printed paper eyes, nose and toothy mouth. A additional printed face with added paper covered wire arms and a paper neck ruff also decorates the front of the phone. Condition is excellent and once again I am amazed that this very delicate item survived. Marked Made in Japan on the bottom.

H-7

$700.

Pre-War Japan Pumpkin Witch Candy Container

5 inches (12.5 cm) tall

VG to Ex

This is another typical early Japanese candy container with a simple cardboard candy box, covered in crepe paper, and a pumpkin figure wearing a witch's pointy hat standing on it. It is about 5 inches tall to the top of the hat. The head is stuffed with cotton and has the usual printed eyes, nose and mouth applied to it. The arms and feet are paper covered wire. There is a small hole in the paper near the nose and one eye, and the paint on the witch hat is crazed. Overall condition is very good to excellent. No mark.

H-10

$175.

Pre-War Japan Pumpkin Head Witch Candy Container

5.75 inches (14 cm) tall

EX

This pre-war Japanese Halloween bottom opening candy container is another pumpkin witch with cape, broom and pointy hat. It is 5.75 inches tall to the top of the hat. It is constructed of the usual cardboard covered with crepe paper, cotton stuffed crepe paper pumpkin head with applied printed eyes, nose and mouth and painted cardboard hat. The bottom pulls out to put the candy in. Condition is excellent.

H-13

$195.

Pre-War Japan Witch on Crepe Paper Candy Box

5 inches (13 cm) tall

VG

As with some of the pre-war Japanese Santas, the head on this Halloween witch candy container is made of a molded composition material with hand painted facial details . The body is the usual simple crepe paper covering (over straw in this case) with paper covered wire arms holding a broom. The witch could use a new broom...she has worn the straw down to a nub on this one. The candy box is the round crepe paper covered base with bottom closure. Condition is very good, the broom and worn crepe paper on the base being the only real defects. Marked Nippon on the bottom.

H-14

$155.

Pre-War Japan Witch on Striped Crepe Paper Candy Box

4.25 inches (10.7 ) cm tall

VG-EX

This pre-war Japanese witch candy container has a painted composition head ( the detail on the face is wonderful ). The textured paper and crepe paper covered circular base is the candy box. It has a bottom closure. The body of the witch is dressed in crepe paper as usual. Her hat brim is cardboard. This witch has been overworking her broom too and has worn it down to a nub. That and a bit of wear in the paint on the hat are the only defects. Condition is very good to excellent. Marked Nippon on the bottom.

H-15

$155.

Large Japanese Samaurai Santa Claus Candy Container

13 inches (32.5 cm) tall

EX

This is my absolute favorite Japanese Santa. I just love the malevolent look on his face. With the wide open mouth and two rows of teeth he looks like he is about to eat a small child not drop off presents to one. The rabbit fur trim on his felt coat is starting to shed but is still mostly intact. He is 13 inches tall...due to the tall pointy hat. The boots are painted composition and there is a hole in one hand for the tree branch but it is not there. He probably put it down so he could pick up an axe or sword. The cardboard base and bottom half of the Santa pull out to reveal the candy box in the body. Overall condition is excellent.

H-16

$850.

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Celluloid Holiday Figures

Image
Name
Description
Price
Pre-War Japanese Celluloid Santa Holding Basket of Flowers

6 and 3/8 inches (16.2 cm) tall

EX

This pre-war Japanese celluloid figure is another variation on the usual. Along with the sack over his back he carries a basket of flowers with a wrapped present inside. Another difference is the doll peeking out of the sack on his back. The celluloid figure is a good size at almost 6.5 inches and the molded details in the celluloid are sharp. He stands steadily with no help needed. Condition is excellent with no defects.

H-20

$80.

Pre-War Japanese Celluloid Santa with Black Doll and Zeppelin in Stockings

7 inches (18 cm) tall

Good

There is that wonderful pre-war Japanese Santa face again. The tall (7 inch) celluloid figure carries the usual sack over his shoulder but also has a couple of silver stockings in his other hand. A Black doll and a zeppelin toy are showing at te top of the stockings. There is a deep dent in the toe of one stocking, a crease on the back of the sack and the back heels of Santa's boots are dented in. He still stands steadily despite this. Otherwise the colors are bright and the molded details in the celluloid are well defined. This figure can be a bit harder to find.

H-21

$85.

Japanese Celluloid Santa Claus Roly Poly

4.5 inches (11.5 cm) tall

VG

There are quite a few Santa Claus roly poly figures in composition and celluloid but not that many are Japanese. This example is 4.5 inches tall. The Santa has a beautiful face, a forked beard and a wrapped present sticking out of the sack slung over his shoulder. The weighted base causes him to wobble around but always return to the upright position. Condition is very good with only a small hole in the celluloid under the base. It is not visible and does not influence the rolp poly action.

H-23

$85.

Occupied Japan Celluloid Santa with Bear in Pack

6 inches (15 cm) tall

EX

This long coat celluloid Santa was made in Occupied Japan. He is a good size at 6 inches tall and although he has the usual lantern and sack, the sack has the head of a teddy bear peeking out. Condition is excellent with no dents or cracks. He stands without help.

H-26

$75.

Pre-War Japanese Celluloid Santa with Tan Pack

5.75 inches (14.5 cm) tall

VG

I love the face of this pre-war Japanese walking Santa....... so Oriental looking. He is carting a tan sack over his shoulder. No breaks but there is a tiny dimple on the end of his nose, a small hole in the outside seam of his left boot and what could be shallow dents on his left knee (that or folds in the pants). Some spots of discoloration on seams and white areas.

H-29

$75.

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Other Holiday Items

Image
Name
Description
Price
Japanese Composition Boxing Duck Nodder

6.5 inches (16.5 cm) tall

VG

This 6.5 inch tall composition duck wearing boxing gloves stands on a wooden base. The head is attached to the body with a spring that causes the head to wobble and nod. Could this be an Easter toy ? Maybe, maybe not. Condition is very good. A small crack is visible along the sides where both halves of the body were joined during the manufacturing process.

H-35

$45.

Pre-War Japan Crepe Paper Candle Holder with Black Cat

8 inches (20 cm) tall

EX

This delicate piece of paper, crepe paper and cardboard is actually a candle holder. There is a small metal cup on the back to hold the candle which would then shine thru the semi-transparant black cat image. So delicate and so flamable. I guess no one ever put a lit candle in it. Condition is excellent on this unusual Japanese Halloween piece.

H-36

$75.

Japanese Celluloid Head Witch Lantern

4.5 inches (11.3 cm) tall

EX

Battery operated lanterns were a popular Japanese item. Some of the later ones were painted milk-glass, mostly Santas. The celluloid ones were usually Halloween: a witch head, jack-o-lantern, devil head and the hard to find black cat head. A battery goes in the base. This example of the witch head is in excellent condition.

H-47

$175.

Box ofVintage Tubular Flasher Bulbs with Santa Decorated Box

1 and 5/8 inches by 1 and 5/8 inches by 2 inches.

Good

This small box of tubular flasher lights is probably 1950's vintage, made in Japan. There are 13 of the original 20 tubular flasher light bulbs in the box. These bulbs appear unused but as to whether they work or not there is no guarantee. They are 6-8V. 0.25A, whatever that is.

I had this box in my collection for the images of Santa Claus flying across the night sky in his sled pulled by two reindeer that is seen on the top lid. Condition is good. The top has only a few light stains but someone wrapped some masking tape around the sides of the box and although it is dried out, it is still there. I have not tried to remove it.

H-48

$25.

Pre War Japan Paper Halloween Mask-Comic Man

8 inches (21 cm) tall

VG-EX

This pre-war Japanese paper mask is one of a series of character Halloween masks. I am not sure who this character is other than a grotesque comic face wearing a head scarf. The flat lithographed paper has eyes that are slightly pre-cut to remove them so you can see where you are going. Therer are also holes for elastic or string (which is not supplied) The eyes on this mask are present but no longer attached.

These masks are made of a fairly thin paper. Condition is very good to excellent with the colors bright and unfaded.

JP-5

$25.

Pre War Japan Paper Halloween Mask- Brutus

7.75 inches (19.5 cm) tall

EX

This pre-war Japanese paper mask is one of a series of character Halloween masks. This mask is Brutus or Bluto from the Popeye comic. The flat lithographed paper has eyes that are slightly pre-cut to remove them so you can see where you are going. Therer are also holes for elastic or string (which is not supplied) The eyes are still attached on this mask.

These masks are made of a fairly thin paper. Condition is excellent with the colors bright and unfaded.

JP-6

$35.

Pre War Japan Hallowen Mask-Charlie Chaplin

7.75 inches (19.5 cm) tall

VG-EX

This pre-war Japanese paper mask is one of a series of character Halloween masks. This mask is Charlie Chaplin. The flat lithographed paper has eyes that are slightly pre-cut to remove them so you can see where you are going. Therer are also holes for elastic or string (which is not supplied) The eyes are still attached on this mask.

These masks are made of a fairly thin paper. Condition is very good to excellent with one tiny chip into the paper edge on his lower jaw. The colors are bright and unfaded.

JP-7

$45

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