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This charming old Christmas decoration is a candy container, or candy box as they were called in a 1919 Marshall Fields catalog. It's a cotton batting child lying prone on a cardboard sled, all lightly dusted in very fine clear glass glitter. The child has a hand painted composition clay face peeking out from the cotton hood, black spun cotton feet, and faded red chenille mittened hands. One side of the sled is decorated with red chenille poinsettia petals, green foil holly leaves, and a paper Merry Christmas label.
The candy container is in remarkably good condition for its near 100 year age. The front sled runner tips have slight bumping and the glitter coating is worn. The back of the sled is open - I'm not sure if there was a box insert inside to hold the candy or if it was made like that. There are no tears and the batting snowsuit still holds its shape and is quite clean with little if any discoloration. The underside is stamped Japan. About 4 inches long by 2 inches high.
The last photo shows part of a 1919 Marshall Fields wholesale catalog page showing a near identical candy box.
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Antique Cotton Batting Child on Sled Christmas Candy Container
$100 USD SOLD
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