Last month I went to an antique show and ran across a lady who was selling quite a few pieces of vintage chalkware that were borderline tacky, but I was oddly drawn to them. She had dogs, cats, horses, you name it. And sizable too. Each about 10 inches tall.
After walking around the entire show (huge, huge show) and not being able to get those chalkware statues out of my mind, I had decided that I had to have one of them. So I stopped back at her booth.
And she was gone! Everything packed up! Lady nowhere to be found!
I was kicking myself all the way home.
Flash forward to last weekend when some family members and I were rifling through some of my sister's antique items she had stored in a spare bedroom. And what did I find, but this borderline tacky chalkware figurine. In the exact same style as the ones at the antique show.
My niece and I thought it was very cool. Others in my family didn't share our delight. The word crazy may have been tossed around. I think I heard ugly also (gasp)!
The colors are so very vibrant on it.
And it has glitter on the wings, flowers and nest.
My niece told me it was a piece of carnival chalkware, so when I came home I Googled the heck out of that term.
And hello, she was right!
They were given away as prizes at carnival games in the early to mid 1900's.
They were fazed out when cheap stuffed animals become easily mass produced.
From this eBay article it would appear that the glitter on it and the fact that it is painted on only the front (probably by airbrush) would date it to the 1930's or 1940's.
It's currently nesting in my basket on the kitchen dining table until I can find a better place for it.
And don't ask my husband where "a better place" would be. He doesn't covet all things old and chippy like I do!
BTW, this is my 200th post. Never knew I had so much to say!
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