Candy containers that once held candy last a lot longer than mere sweets and they can be just as fun. 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 were shaped like Independence Hall and the Liberty Bell in celebration of the Centennial Exposition in 1876 in Philadelphia. By the early 1900s, candy containers were being produced in mass. A number of well known Pennsylvania glass companies produced these clever collectibles including Westmoreland Glass Company, Jeannette Glass Company, Victory Glass, and L. E. Smith along with a number of others.
This rare figural glass candy container is entitled "Teddy Bear Reading A Book", circa 1920's, and made to honor President Theodore Roosevelt. The clear glass candy container is the full-body shape of a bear, seated on a wooden box, wearing a suit and bow tie and reading a book. The piece measures 4 3/4" in height and the base is 2 1/8" by 1 7/8". Embossed on the base "Pat. Applied For". The round, metal screw-type closure on his head also serves as his hat. There are no cracks, chips or repairs. Super piece for your collection.
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