Weekend Finds: Paper Mache Easter Bunny

I’m ready for spring. It’s been such a frigid winter. So it’s a good sign that Easter items are filling store shelves. I was super excited last week to find this little guy sitting on a consignment store shelf.

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This bunny is a circa 1940s paper mache Easter candy container. I don’t know much about paper mache items so I showed it to Austin to confirm its age.

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I also learned that there would have been a small cardboard disk to plug the bottom of the bunny so it could be filled with candy and given as an Easter surprise to children. Older paper mache candy containers, dating from the 1930s and earlier, often have removable heads to reveal the candy inside. Be aware that many reproductions candy containers have been made. A nice little trick to help determine if it is old is to do a sniff test. It should have a dusty smell. If it smells like paint it’s probable a fake. My rabbit has a dusty smell along with some old spider webs hidden inside. It’s amazing that something so fragile has survived all these years!

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One Comment

  1. Susie
    Posted February 27, 2014 at 8:21 pm | Permalink

    Gosh, I probably would have just passed this little guy by. That is amazing that it has survived this long and made it to a thrift store shelf!

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