Identifying Figurines

These 2 western motif figurines are unmarked, but appear to be from around the 1940s and are possibly stationary holders. I know nothing of their history. They were recovered from a storage locker. They are approximately
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6" H x 6" W and appear to be inexpensive pieces, but cute. Any information, including possible value, you can give would be appreciated.

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May 13, 20190 found this helpful

They are planters. There are similar ones from Etsy for $20. www.google.com/search?q=western+motif+boy+and+girl...:

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May 14, 20190 found this helpful

Cute and kitschy!! A neat find!

I don't think they are a set--but I am not 100% positive. I seem to recall that the boy should have a cowgirl partner, and the girl should have a boy in Sunday best partner...maybe holding a flower.

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None the less--in today's world they go together like a Hallmark Movie couple--cute opposites!

Unfortunately, unless they are a well known brand, they fetch $10 and under each on eBay and on Etsy $15 and under each. Etsy seems to sell the same stuff eBay does for more--for shoppers who don't bother to shop around, I guess or like the cache of the newer site.

To fetch the high end of the ranges, they would have to be pristine-no cracks, crazing, repairs, etc.

We called them pocket pieces since the back was small...like a pocket. Yours don't have a hole to hang--many were wall pockets. I don't really know the original purpose of the pocket.

In our family they were used for dry things....like tall matches or pencils. Maybe a spray of plastic flowers.

They seem to be advertised on eBay and Etsy as planters and toothbrush holders.

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In my family, that would never happen because my nana would not want any chance of them getting wet and potentially slipping out of someones hands and getting damaged. She loved her Tchotchkes!

Can you tell if these are ceramic or bisque (ceramic is a shiny, smooth finish, bisque is rougher and dull)? I am thinking they are ceramic maybe from the 1950s or 1960s. If they are bisque, they could be older and potentially have a little more value.

That all said, the last time I was at our dollar store, they had reproductions of these old pieces on the shelves (kitsch is cool again and they are getting into that market)....so it is always possible they were made recently and their value would be $1! That is the danger of trends and cheap repro art!

You said you found them in a locker--what was the general ages of the other items you found? That may help you date them also.

Do they have any marks on the bottom? Are they heavy or light weight? The older pieces had a little heft to them. The new stuff is light.

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Post back with any more info...this assessment is from memory (if they are truly older pieces). Thanks for sharing!! So cute!

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May 14, 20190 found this helpful

One more thought on these...they could possibly be chalkware--literally feels like chalk.. in texture. It is very breakable and pits (where ceramics and bisque crack and craze this gets pits--like little gouges) and can disintegrate.

That they are made of this does not necessarily increase the value--chalkware tanked in value over the years because it is so high maintenance.

The eyes on the figures are the same...so I am guessing they are the from the same company. Does the back of his match that textured feel on hers? The different looking backs and the outfits are why I am thinking they are not a matched pair but they could be...

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They are cute. I am fascinated by them because they bring back memories of all of my nana's collectibles!

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May 14, 20190 found this helpful

They are not a matched pair & are ceramic glazed (except bottom) in good condition. No writing or trademarks. Locker had various items from 40s-70s found girl on EBay ...not boy

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