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Store Dis­play Santa

- Colorado · Santa Claus · Paris · Louisville · Kentucky · Louisville · Castle Rock, Colorado · Heritage Auctions

SUB­MIT­TED BY: S.G., Cas­tle Rock, CO

PROVE­NANCE: Part of the hol­i­day win­dow dis­play in her fa­ther’s hard­ware store

WHAT IT IS: Ap­praiser Mar­sha Dixey of Her­itage Auc­tions tells us this is a late 1930s or early 1940s chalk­ware Santa fig­ure. “The term chalk­ware de­scribes a fig­ure made of molded plas­ter of Paris or sculpted gyp­sum, usu­ally fin­ished off with an oil-based paint,” says Mar­sha. “With the idea of repli­cat­ing fine china fig­ures that could be sold for con­sid­er­ably less, chalk­ware fig­ures be­gan their rise in pop­u­lar­ity in 1910.” Louisville, KY–based GMG Art was a known chalk­ware maker, but Mar­sha says your mark­ing is not leg­i­ble enough to con­firm. She adds that while most chalk­ware fig­ures were made for give­aways at car­ni­vals and fairs, the large size of yours in­di­cates it was more likely made-to-or­der.

WHAT IT’S WORTH: $100

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This fes­tive fella stands nearly two feet tall and weighs 13 pounds!
take note This fes­tive fella stands nearly two feet tall and weighs 13 pounds!

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