Vintage Bunnies and Chicks

@Corbin5 (96589)
United States
January 11, 2017 2:35pm CST
The Easter chicks and bunnies I have are made of paper mache. Each paper mache figure is stamped with "Germany" on the bottom. German makers of figures like the ones I own were either made in Germany by Carl Schaller or Richard Mahr a very long time ago. I know my father, his older sister, and older brother received these papier-mâché chickens and bunnies, containing candy, as Easter gifts. Dad was born in 1921, his sister in 1918 and his brother in 1916. The bunnies and chicks have been around for quite a long time. Not all the paper mache figures I have are in mint condition, but they sure are cute, except for those two bobble-head bunny rabbits. They are scary!
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@JudyEv (116165)
• Bunbury, Australia
11 Jan 17
I can easily pick which ones are the scary ones! I've always wanted to have a go at papier-mâché.
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@Corbin5 (96589)
• United States
11 Jan 17
I remember we made paper mache pumpkins in school, and that was fun, but messy. It would be fun to make something a bit more complicated using paper mache.
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@JudyEv (116165)
• Bunbury, Australia
11 Jan 17
@Corbin5 No sure I'd like the mess but I was always a bit jealous when kids at school made papier mache but our class never did.
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@Corbin5 (96589)
• United States
11 Jan 17
@JudyEv Well, then you need some newspaper cut in strips, some flour and water and a balloon. You blow up the balloon, cover it with newspaper strips dipped in the water and flour mixture, and when dry, stick a pin into the round shape to pop the balloon. You will have a big round paper mache something!!!!! Add some paint, and a work of art you will have!!!
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@fluffysue (1415)
• United States
15 Jan 17
Haha the bunnies *are* creepy, I wasn't going to mention it, but since you did.. The rest of them are cute, and they are all very nice mementos to have.
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@Corbin5 (96589)
• United States
15 Jan 17
Whoever made those creepy bunnies must have been having one really bad day or week.
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@fluffysue (1415)
• United States
16 Jan 17
@Corbin5 I don't know, if you look at old pictures of kids with the Easter bunny, the bunnies often look kind of creepy. It seems like it's just something about the depiction of bunnies at that time!
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@Corbin5 (96589)
• United States
16 Jan 17
@fluffysue I am going to try and find a photo of more creepy bunnies from back in the day. Poor bunnies.
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@DianneN (71722)
• United States
12 Jan 17
That is quite a collection! I find those two quite scary myself!
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@Corbin5 (96589)
• United States
12 Jan 17
They certainly are scary!! They are bobble-heads too! Will take those, along with so many other things, to the antique store and see if they have value. Worth a shot.
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@DianneN (71722)
• United States
12 Jan 17
@Corbin5 Anything is worth a shot. Good luck! I'm sure they are worth something.
@shaggin (35671)
• United States
12 Jan 17
Haha I thought the same thing about the creepy cheesy bunnies. I am truly amazed at how old these are yet in such amazing shape!
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@Corbin5 (96589)
• United States
12 Jan 17
I wish they were in mint condition, but knowing how often they must have been handled by little ones is worth a bit of wear and tear.
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@shaggin (35671)
• United States
12 Jan 17
@Corbin5 That is true but I think they are in lovely shape for their age :-)
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• United States
12 Jan 17
These are very precious Deborah. I have never seen these types of figurines.
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@Corbin5 (96589)
• United States
12 Jan 17
I did not know they existed until I went through all the boxes stored in my parents' home. They are darling little things, except for those scary, bobble-head rabbits.
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• United States
14 Jan 17
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@fishtiger58 (30383)
• Momence, Illinois
11 Jan 17
Those are very cool, I do love the old stuff.
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@Corbin5 (96589)
• United States
11 Jan 17
The creator should have given those scary bunnies a less-scary appearance. Yikes.
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@fishtiger58 (30383)
• Momence, Illinois
11 Jan 17
@Corbin5 Yea they are a bit creepy.
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• United States
11 Jan 17
I think some kids might be afraid of those things - I think I am too!
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@Corbin5 (96589)
• United States
11 Jan 17
The chickens are cute, but the bunnies are really scary-looking.
• United States
11 Jan 17
@Corbin5 I would have nightmares!
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@Tampa_girl7 (24371)
• United States
13 Jan 17
What a wonderful collection
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@Corbin5 (96589)
• United States
13 Jan 17
Thank you. They certainly are unique, but the scary bunnies are a bit much.
@FayeHazel (15199)
• United States
12 Jan 17
WOw, it's like a piece of history. Thanks for sharing, I think it's great you kept them
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@Corbin5 (96589)
• United States
12 Jan 17
They really are unique, that's for sure. No candy in those, but it would have been really OLD candy for sure.
@jaboUK (52863)
• United Kingdom
12 Jan 17
They look really cute, they might be worth a bit too.
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@Corbin5 (96589)
• United States
12 Jan 17
Maybe just a bit, but they are not in mint condition, but worth an appraisal.
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@Hate2Iron (7512)
• Canada
12 Jan 17
lOL... i THINK that I just picked out the scary ones lol!!
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@Corbin5 (96589)
• United States
12 Jan 17
They sure do freak me out. Their heads bobble too.
12 Jan 17
Oh my goodness, I think those bunnies will induce nightmares tonight! They are so terribly evil!
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@Corbin5 (96589)
• United States
12 Jan 17
They do have an evil look and their heads bobble too!
@Gillygirl (16788)
• Sutton, England
12 Jan 17
You have a lovely collection. I'm not keen on the bunnies though, they have horrid grins.
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@Corbin5 (96589)
• United States
12 Jan 17
The bunnies are frightening and their heads bobble too. Yikes!
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@TRBRocks420 (71293)
• Banks, Oregon
11 Jan 17
Those are pretty cool looking collectables there.
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@Corbin5 (96589)
• United States
12 Jan 17
Well, the rabbits with the scary faces are bobble-heads, and that makes them even more scary to me.
@amadeo (58959)
• United States
11 Jan 17
these are very collectible.I loved it
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@Corbin5 (96589)
• United States
11 Jan 17
I am sure my dad and his siblings were delighted by these on Easter. It is sweet that on the bottom of one of the figures, my grandmother wrote "Kathleen Ruth," the name of my father's sister.
• Preston, England
11 Jan 17
the rabbits do look quite sinister - great collectibles
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@Corbin5 (96589)
• United States
11 Jan 17
Those rabbits, bobble-heads by the way, look rather evil to me.
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@dragon54u (31556)
• United States
11 Jan 17
I love old things like this! They certainly look different from the bunnies and chicks produced today, don't they? I love vintage and antique things, particularly toys. It seems that the old stand-bys like blocks, wagons, balls and such entertain no matter what year it is and will probably remain favorites forever. They made beautiful china figures in that era, too. I used to have some but had to sell them and they brought a nice price.
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@Corbin5 (96589)
• United States
11 Jan 17
Yes, I plan to sell all I have here. I did get vintage marbles, belonging to my dad appraised, and the price was a good one.
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@MALUSE (37072)
• Germany
11 Jan 17
I've never seen figures made of paper mache. Usually, they're made of wood.
@Corbin5 (96589)
• United States
11 Jan 17
According to my research, Carl Schaller made paper holiday figures that included paper mache candy containers in Neustadt-by-Coberg, in Bavaria, in west central Germany. I read that the business started by Schaller, in 1894,is still around today and run by the Schaller family. Then, in 1900, the Richard Mahr company, also know as Marolin, was started by Richard Mahr in Steinach, Thuringia and the company also made paper mache figures. The wooden ones sure would have held up better than the paper mache ones that I have here.
@AliCanary (1763)
13 Jan 17
Ha ha, yes, old-timey things can look pretty creepy, sometimes. What a neat collection! I went to an auction with a friend of mine last night and they had some antique things that looked very interesting.