Cookie Jars Aplenty at Dixieland Flea Market

The Dixieland Flea Market can be found in Waterford, MI. at 2045 on the Dixie Hwy. There we found a great collection of cookie jars which I would like to share with you now:

Cookie Jars Dilbert

Dilbert

I’ve had bosses like the one in this iconic comic strip so Dilbert is like a brother to me. Keep those arms crossed in defiance, my friend!

Cookie Jars DL Castle

Disneyland Castle

This was released for the 40th Anniversary of Disneyland (1995), and apart from the strange coloring, is a nice piece.

Cookie Jars 101 Pup

101 Puppy

One of the few cookie jars that actually chose a ‘cookie’ theme. Weird. And… he’s sitting in my cookies!

Cookie Jars Pluto

Pluto

Mickey’s pup is ready for some fine dining, but I’m hoping there is more than bones in that jar!

Cookie Jars Beauty & Beast

Beauty and the Beast

Not surprisingly, this cookie jar was among the highest priced at $200.00 US. You pay for popularity!

Cookie Jars Chicken Run

Chicken Run

One of Aardman’s best movies, this chicken from Tweedy Farms is about ready to hatch a batch of cookies!

Cookie Jars Dwarfs

The Seven Dwarfs

Finally let out of Snow White’s sight, the Dwarfs spend the free time guarding, not just their jems, but cookies too!

Cookie Jars Sprout

Sprout

This one is a little strange. How can a heathy vegetable character be holding a yummy batch of cookies for us? Contradiction, anyone?

Cookie Jars Dorothy

Dorothy and Toto

Most ceramic collectibles don’t quite get the facial features of real persons right, but this cookie jar got Judy Garland spot on! Not sure about Toto.

Cookie Jars Dagwood

Dagwood Bumstead

Blondie’s husband is known for his eating so it is no surprise he would show up as a cookie jar. I wonder if it holds sandwiches…

Cookie Jars Monsters Inc

Monsters Inc.

Choices, choices. I think I like the Mike jar the best. With a smug look on his face like that, he must have the best cookies!

Cookie Jars Jetsons

The Jetsons

Now that’s one crowded spaceship! The little version is a salt and pepper shaker.

Cookie Jars Alice

Alice

This depicts one of my favorite scenes from the animated classic. But would there be much room for cookies in that house?

Cookie Jars Donald

Donald Duck

I guess I’d be upset if everyone kept taking my hat off to steal my cookies!

Cookie Jars Red Queen

The Red Queen

Maybe taking cookies from this old gal wouldn’t be a good idea! “Off with their heads!”

Cookie Jars Buzz

Buzz Lightyear

“To snack time, and beyond!” Buzz can adapt his catch fraise for any situation.

Cookie Jars Coach

Cinderella Coach

If you eat cookies from an enchanted coach, they don’t have calories.

Now most of these cookie jars were priced between $50.00 and $60.00 US but were on sale for 50% off. The lady is closing her booth soon and is liquidating her stock.

We’ll end this post with the King of all cookie jars:

Cookie Jars Kong

KONG

So if you’re in the Michigan area and need a new place to keep your cookies, be sure to stop into the Dixieland Flea Market and visit this booth!

Classic Tigger Figurine by Beswick of England

So are you a fan of the classic Winnie the Pooh look or have you grown up on the Disney version? I like both, but I must say, this classic Tigger figurine by Beswick is awesome:

Tigger Figurine front

T I double Guh Ur!

Alan Alexander Milne was an English author, best known for his books about the teddy bear Winnie the Pooh and for various poems. Milne was a noted writer, primarily as a playwright, before the huge success of Pooh overshadowed all his previous work. And then Disney got ahold of his franchise and the rest is history!

Tigger Figurine right sideTigger Figurine left side

“And we’re the only ones!”

John Beswick Ltd., formerly J. W. Beswick, was a pottery manufacturer, founded in 1892 by James Wright Beswick and his sons John and Gilbert in Longton, Stoke-on-Trent. In 1969, the business was sold to Doulton & Co. Ltd. The factory closed in 2002 and the brand John Beswick was sold in 2004. The pottery company was chiefly known for producing high-quality porcelain figurines like the one featured here.

Tigger Figurine back

Psst! Look behind you!

In 1952, Beswick began manufacturing a range of Disney characters including Snow White, Mickey Mouse, and Bambi. And of course, the cast of the Winnie the Pooh stories. It is likely that the Pooh figurines were released in the late 1960’s according to a consensus of eBay Sellers.

Tigger Figurine bottom

This Tigger was one of a set of eight characters:

Tigger figurine set

The gang’s all there

Tut, tut! I must say that Piglet seems twice his usual size in comparison to the other characters. “Probably my fault” says Eeyore.

These figurines are plentiful on eBay and other selling sites and range in asking price from $20 to $90 each. My advice would be to buy the lower-priced offerings.

To see more Tigger figurines, check out these archived posts featuring one from Britto and another from the Arribas Brothers.

Thumper or Miss Bunny: A Figurine Investigation

So most cartoon bunnies look alike. Male or female, they all look alike. So what do animators do to differentiate one from another? Sometimes they will use color changes, size, or most often eye lashes. We will consider some of these techniques and others to determine if the ceramic figurine we have in this post is Thumper or his girlfriend, Miss Bunny.

Before we get into our investigation, let’s have a look at the suspect:

Thumper Front

Suspect: Bucktoothed and Cute

CLUE No. 1

When we purchased this figurine the Seller gave us a card that was given to him when he himself obtained it. Such provenance is often helpful in determining exactly what an object is. Take a look:

Thumper Card

After some research we were able to determine that these ceramic figurines, made by Evan K. Shaw Pottery, were indeed produced in the early 1940’s. But we were still unconvinced that what we had was ‘Thumper’s Girl’.

We began our investigation by checking the Internet for other examples of the piece to see what online Sellers were claiming it was. Some said ‘Thumper’ while others said ‘Miss Bunny’, or ‘Bixbi’, as some Disney fans have named her (she is not given a name in the original movie).

We also found other small ceramic figurines that were definitely depicting a female bunny, that were brown, and posed differently than ours. It was this figurine that was consistently called ‘Miss Bunny’ and not the version we have. So we now had a majority consensus.

But our figurine could still be another version of Miss Bunny, as some were claiming.

CLUE No. 2

Next we need to consider the color of the piece. Let’s have another look at it:

Thumper LeftThumper Right

Brown Fur

This is a confusing clue, but stay with us. Thumper, in the movie Bambi, was gray, not brown. So we could arbitrarily pronounce this character to be Miss Bunny, who was brown, based solely on that parameter. However, pottery companies were notorious for going off-model when creating their pieces, getting features and colors wrong more often than not. It wasn’t until later that Disney started to tighten up on its demands for standardization of its character merchandise.

So this clue is inconclusive.

CLUE NO. 3

Eyelashes have been the stereotypical way of depicting a female character in the world of animation since the beginning of the medium. Our figurine has three short upward eyelashes, and not the multiple swept-back lashes of a female character.

CLUE NO. 4

Sometimes, if you know the character well enough, you can recognize them by body language. Of course, in the case of a sculpture, this technique will depend on the artist portraying such characteristics in his artistry.

Thumper Back

Thumper was very expressive with his ears. Many times he would have one ear up with the other ear down. This was a way of distinguishing him from his many brothers and sisters in the film.

The ceramic figurine we have exhibits this trait.

CLUE NO. 5

Lastly, we checked the figurine for any markings that could help us to identify it.

Thumper Bottom

No such luck!

Ceramic figurines are either stamped with black ink, engraved, or sport a sticker, usually on the bottom of the piece. This example has none of these markings, so no help there for our investigation.

CONCLUSION:

We believe this figurine to be Thumper. And here’s why:

  • General consensus gathered from Internet Sellers
  • Frequency of wrong use of color for Disney characters by manufacturers
  • Eyelashes are consistent with male characters
  • Body language, specifically the ears, is consistent with the character

We hope the techniques of this detailed investigation will help you to identify your treasured pieces of merchandise! And you can see more of Thumper as a lawn ornament by clicking the link. Or for a Disney-themed joke featuring Thumper (and other characters) check out this link.

Scrooge McDuck Ceramic Figurine with Cane

Everyone knows Donald Duck. Some might even know Professor Ludwig Von Drake. But only those who have added comic books to their Disney collections will likely remember Scrooge McDuck:

Scrooge McDuck Front

What is he going to do with that cane?

Scrooge McDuck lives up to his namesake in that he is definitely a miser when it comes to money. So he is probably going to hit someone for trying to take it… or for perhaps asking for a loan.

This character was created in 1947 by Carl Barks and is an elderly Scottish Pekin duck who is portrayed as speaking with a Scottish accent. He is named after Ebenezer Scrooge from the 1843 novel A Christmas Carol written by Charles Dickens. Scrooge is a wealthy business tycoon.

Scrooge McDuck Back

Nice spats!

Within the context of the fictional Duck Universe, Scrooge is the world’s richest person with a “Money Bin” that rivals the vaults of Jack Benny!

Scrooge McDuck Side

Top Hat and Tail Feathers

In the comic books, Scrooge was initially characterized as a greedy miser but in later appearances he was often portrayed as a charitable and thrifty hero, adventurer, explorer, and philanthropist. This version of the character could be seen best in the television series Duck Tales (1987-1990).

Scrooge McDuck Bottom

He is the maternal uncle of Donald Duck and the grand-uncle of Huey, Dewey, and Louie. This figurine stands approximately 5″ tall and is made of some sort of ceramic material. It was manufactured in Japan.

COOL FACT: In tribute to its famous native, Glasgow City Council added Scrooge to its list of “Famous Glaswegians” in 2007.

Donald Duck might not have the business sense of his uncle but he has brokered some impressive deals over the years. Check out his big Orange Juice gig by clicking the link.

Scrooge McDuck isn’t the only member of the Duck Universe to have a link to famous authors or artists. Check out Huey, Dewey, and Louie’s brush with Norman Rockwell by clicking this link.

To see Donald together with his mischievous nephews check them out as they play a Wacky Wigwam game!

Mickey Mini Ceramic Planter

Oh what a few dollars can buy! Recently I was on one of my many Excursions of Discovery and found this Mickey Mouse miniature square planter:

Mickey Planter 1

There is no way to know what year this was produced but it obviously isn’t very old. So the $4.00 I paid for it was more than enough.

Mickey Planter 2

Nice detailing in the back and top edging

I guess if you wanted to plant a single flower this vase (?) would be perfect!

Mickey Planter 3     Mickey Planter 4

The word ‘Disney’ is embedded in the base and the stickers say ‘Mickey and Co.’ and ‘Licensee Enesco’ and ‘Made in China’.

Maybe I should plant a single Snow White Frangipani in this planter in honor of Minnie’s old look?

Cowboy Mickey Ceramic Planter

Mickey Mouse has played many characters over his storied career but none maybe so strange as the one you will see here today!

He has played cowboys before and certainly has brandished his fair share of firearms. But I thought the way he was doing it in this ceramic collectible was a bit… off. We’ll touch back on that point nearer the end of the post. First, let’s have a look at it:

Mickey Mouse Western Planter 001

Manufactured by Leeds

I’ve researched this item and found a range of dates for its manufacture. Some sellers on eBay are claiming it comes from the 1940’s and others from the 1950’s. It’s about an equal split with just one seller claiming a pretty specific date of 1949.

Mickey Mouse Western Planter 003

Measures 7″ tall x 6 3/4″ long x 3 1/2″ deep

Mickey Mouse Western Planter 002          Mickey Mouse Western Planter 006

So if it is from about 1950 that would make it over 65 years old! But age doesn’t necessarily make a Disney item valuable with this example only fetching a price of around $30.

Mickey Mouse Western Planter 005

‘Mickey Mouse’ – ‘Walt Disney Productions’

So now we need to answer the question of why this particular depiction of Mickey as a cowboy is a bit… off. Take a look at the next picture and note the placement of the gun:

Gun to Head

It could look like he is aiming the gun at his own head! He could blow off an ear that way! No doubt this unfortunate hand placement is due to the problems of sculpting for a ceramic mold. Any small pieces that would protrude from the main body of the sculpt  would require extra care both in the original sculpting and the subsequent casting. So having the arm and hand, and gun, close into the body would be easier, thus cheaper to produce.

I don’t know though, mightn’t it have been better to leave the gun in the holster?

To conclude I’d like to mention that the Cowboy Mickey Planter is part of a set of at least three pieces. There is a Farmer Donald (Duck) Planter:

Farmer Donald Planter

And a Cowboy Mickey (Mouse) Bank:

Cowboy Mickey Bank     Cowboy Mickey Bank Slot

Truly a very nice set and my search for these last two collectibles is so on!

Winnie the Pooh Nightlight

Or… is it? This little ceramic piece is quite a mystery. It resembles other nightlights in structure but I can’t figure out how any light would escape it if it had a bulb in it.

Let’s have a look together:

Winnie the Pooh Night Light 1

Roughly 4″ square and 2″ deep

Uses aside, it will make a great display piece with a classic style Pooh and a charming little blue bird. He is sitting on a window ledge looking out with the inside shutters open.

Now let’s have a look at the back so we can ponder our mystery:

Winnie the Pooh Night Light 3

Stamped ‘Disney’

It is the perfect size for a nightlight bulb to fit inside. Also note the notches at the bottom which would allow a base to be slid in. Presumably the same base would have prongs for plugging into an outlet. If it is indeed a nightlight shade.

Winnie the Pooh Night Light 2

Well, with a little research I have found a ceramic Winnie the Pooh nightlight that will help us to confirm once and for all that our example is also a nightlight:

Example 1     Example 2

Same material and rear configuration

And my wife has conducted an experiment to determine if light could indeed shine through such a dense ceramic shell, and if so, how much. I am missing the nightlight mechanism so she held it up to a ceiling light and it does indeed light up! The light shows through the window panes. So it wouldn’t give much light, but it would try.

Mystery solved.

Huey, Dewey, or Louie Salt & Pepper Shakers?

I hope everyone loves a mystery! Today I have a vintage set of Disney salt and pepper shakers in the likenesses of two of Donald Duck’s three nephews. But which of the three are represented here?

Let’s start our investigation:

HDL Salt and Pepper Shakers 007

They measure about 3 3/4 inches tall and about 2 1/4 inches wide

In their very first cartoon Huey wore a green shirt and cap, Dewey orange and Louie red. But the red-blue-green designation was later invented in the comics, where their shirts were black but their caps have those three now-recognizable colors. Today, the shirts and caps are color coordinated for each character.

And so because Disney did assign a shirt color to each duckling in later years, we will be able to name our two spice merchants.

HDL Salt and Pepper Shakers 008     HDL Salt and Pepper Shakers 009

Circa 1950’s (?) and stamped ‘Japan’

So we have red and green, although they have swapped caps with each other just to be difficult. Well, that’s in character!

HDL Salt and Pepper Shakers 011

4 holes for salt and 3 holes for pepper

We will assume the shirts are on the right duck. Let’s get some more information from Disney’s former Chief Archivist Dave Smith: “Note that the brightest hue of the three is red (Huey), the color of water, dew, is blue (Dewey), and that leaves Louie, and leaves are green.”

So it appears that our two spice merchants here are Huey and Louie.

HDL Salt and Pepper Shakers 010

Stripes on shirts aren’t character appropriate

Here is how the three mischievous ducks look today:

HDL Today

Perhaps you noticed the corks in the, er… tail feathers of our two ducklings? Here is a closer look for those who aren’t faint of heart:

HDL Salt and Pepper Shakers 012

Unfortunate placement!

I guess you have to get the spices into them somehow. But… seriously? This could be why Huey has an annoyed look on his face:

HDL Salt and Pepper Shakers 013

Angry, or constipated?

These shakers are listed in the book 1003 Salt & Pepper Shakers with Values by Larry Carey and Sylvia Tompkins for $200.00 US which seems a tad high. Sites such as eBay have them listed for auction starting at about $70.00 US. As usual the sellers are claiming they are rare.

Just can’t get enough Disney salt & pepper shakers? I have many in my collection and most of them are featured here in this post entitled Disney Salt & Pepper Shakers.

Mickey Mouse Ceramic Wastebasket

The thing I love the most about collecting is that you never know what you are going to find when you set foot in an antique store or flea market. Yard sales are also prime locations for finding surprises!

My newest find is featured here, and it’s pretty cool:

Mickey Ceramic Wastebasket 1

Thumbs up from Mickey!

This is a fairly heavy piece. Presumably it is metal with a ceramic casing inside and out. It is finished off with a metal ring around the rim. It also has three rubberized feet:

Mickey Ceramic Wastebasket 2

Not microwave safe???

I don’t know about you, but I learned not to put my garbage cans in the microwave that time I forgot to empty them first. Boy, was my wife mad!

Wash thoroughly before use???

I’m just going to say this: It’s a wastebasket! I’m going to throw dirty things into it! What do I care if it’s clean before I do that? I never knew the Taiwanese were such clean freaks!

Mickey Ceramic Wasterbasket 3 001

It’s new home

We needed a little wastebasket in our bedroom so this fit right in nicely. After I washed it thoroughly and gave it 30 seconds in the nuker. I just couldn’t resist!

Fifer Pig Ash Tray

Walt Disney smoked. Disneyland had a cigar store on Main Street the day it opened. Many Disney characters were depicted smoking in animated features produced as children’s entertainment, such as Pinocchio in the 1940’s and Ratigan from The Great Mouse Detective in the 1980’s.

Walt smoking

But things have changed now and smoking ads are banned, smoking is no longer ‘in style’ in the entertainment industry, and even pictures of Walt have been altered to remove the offending item (but not the one above). Even some prints of vintage Disney movies have been altered to make sure that Disney is far removed from cigarettes and their promotion.

But… they can’t remove stuff like this from history:

Fifer Ash Tray 001

Looks innocent enough…

Fifer Ash Tray 002 Fifer Ash Tray 005

But let’s look a little further…

Fifer Ash Tray 003     Fifer Ash Tray 004

And there it is!

Yes, the picture on the right shows the lip where you would rest your cigarette, with the ashes falling into the small space within the ceramic figure. At least it would be hard to smoke a lot of cigarettes with such a small ash tray!

Whether we feel that a character with a cigarette should or should not be in a Disney film, we can’t deny that many characters have almost been defined by the habit, like Cruella De Ville.

Cruel Habit

So cigarettes may have disappeared like a puff of smoke from Disney movies, but they can’t be erased from history as long as collectors keep buying and selling items like the one above!