There aren’t too many folks who don’t enjoy a tasty piece of candy every now and then. For collectors though, containers that once held candy last a lot longer than mere sweets and they can be just as fun. In fact, older candy containers actually doubled as toys after the candy was gone providing hours of play for both boys and girls.
The first candy containers appeared at the Centennial Exposition in 1876 in Philadelphia. By the early 1900s, candy containers were being produced in mass. Sold in dime stores, at souvenir stands, and even through mail order catalogs like Sears & Roebuck, these glass toys were popular and plentiful back in their day.
This wonderful milk glass figural steamer trunk, circa early 1900's, has gold accented straps, handles, key escutcheon and ornamentation and the original metal removeable base. There are remnants of lettering which indicates it was a souvenir item. The trunk measures 2 3/4" in length, 2" in width and 2 1/4" in height. There are no cracks, chips or repairs; paint related wear.
Milk Glass Figural "Steamer Trunk" Candy Container