German Papier Mache Black Cat Candy Container for Hallowe'en
Those vintage papier mache candy containers and other decorations that your grandparents and great-grandparents pulled out of the closet each Hallowe'en back in the 1920s and 30s were most likely made by the Ino Schaller Company, a small family-owned company based in Bavaria. They began making hand-molded, hand painted papier mache decorations for the holidays in 1894.
Nearly 130 years later, the family business is now in its fourth generation, and their work is more collectible than ever. As Hallowe'en traditionalists, these sturdy, colorful pieces, together with plenty of pumpkins and candles, are our favorite kind of decoration for spooky autumn nights.
This little black cat is made from one of the Schaller Family's antique Hallowe'en molds and has paper green eyes so you could drop a battery powered tea light inside, illuminate it, and have the cat's eyes cast an eery glow. But you can also use it as a little candy container. Has a lovely wire handle. About 7" tall from the base to the top of the handle (just under 5" from the base to the top of the cat's ears). About 5" wide x 4" deep. Each is unique, so your piece may not look exactly like the one you see here, but it will be close. Handmade in Germany.
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