Sunday, November 19, 2017

Marplex Beagle

So here's an odd one.  It is marked "1955 Marplex", it seems to be chalkware, and I would say this is a beagle.

Sunday, August 6, 2017


Nipper the dog (1884-1895) was a symbol of many early voice recording brands, based on the classic painting "His Master's Voice". One of these brands was "RCA Victor" phonograph company.

There are a number of chalkware versions of Nipper including several marked with the Victor brand. Smaller ones like the one in my collection (below) were used as promotional items. Approximate value $20.

Sunday, April 9, 2017

Colonial Couple

"Colonial Couple" is an informal name for a decal to be found on pottery from dozens of different pottery makers. It is common from the 1940s to 1970s.

Monday, March 20, 2017

"La Vierge du Sourire"

Chalkware is often used for religious statues and souvenirs.  "La vierge du sourire" is French for: The Virgin of the smile or Our Lady of the smile/smiles. This type of icon always shows the Virgin Mary on a globe, crushing a snake underfoot. This version probably dates from the 1950s or 1960s. Maker unknown.

Saturday, March 18, 2017

Wall Hanging Bust

Here is a new addition to my collection. Marked "44" on the base. Makers unknown.