Easter Extravaganza Part 1: A Collection Begins

I have only been collecting antique/vintage Easter for about a year, so this is just the start to my hopefully growing collection. I would really like to get into collecting much older Easter pieces but here is my start.

First up is this large plastic character coin bank Easter Bunny I snagged at a monthly indoor flea market. It is marked Roy. Des. of Fla. 1969 on the back of the bunny’s neck. It is also dated 1968 on the bottom of a foot. I love the original green and pink felt clothing he is wearing. The coin slot is still sealed shut having never been opened for use. To get the change out of this bank you would have to twist his head off. A fun find for $5.00.

Angela found these old postcards for me this past weekend. They had never been opened and I was thrilled to find six different images and two of each style. These are replicas of the antique postcards and are clearly marked on the stamp side, “Our Version of the Antique”. They are by the Merrimack Publishing Corp. of N.Y. and printed in Hong Kong. I’m guessing these are from the 1980s but still very adorable and well worth the $2.00 I spent on the package.

postcards

postcard

postcards

Next I’m sharing my collection of Easter eggs. These first eggs are ceramic dating from the 1970-1980s. I’m betting they were made in a ceramics class. Although this set is not my favorite, their pastel colors look cute setting out on my shelves.

I love my set of vintage tin eggs. My favorite is the bunny on the pink scooter. These tin eggs are all marked made in Switzerland.

easter eggs

easter eggs 2

My oldest Easter item is this large glass Victorian painted egg dating from the early 1900s. I’m very happy with the paint condition on this egg for its age.

glass egg

Finally is this very recent snagged egg. It’s pretty big measuring 10″ long. The inside is marked made in Germany and Echt Erzgebirge.  The Easter Bunny and I have plans for this jumbo paper mache egg. My boys will be so excited Easter morning when they find two big chocolate bunnies hidden inside it. But as soon as they open it, off to my collection it will go. Although this egg is not so vintage and dates post-1989, it will become part of my small collection.

easter egg

Picture taken in front seat of van right after I snagged it.

 

 

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