The first glass candy containers that were sold with the tiny candies in them, were molded in the shape of the Liberty Bell and Independence Hall. They were made for the 1876 Centennial Exposition in Philadelphia. By 1900 “Candies” were mass produced by West Moreland Glass Company the Victory Glass Company and others.
“Candies,” the name given to them by the Candy Containers Collectors Club, has determined values by several factors. If the piece has identification marks or signature they are often more valuable. For instance Barney Google’s goat, SPARK PLUG has the name embossed in the glass. The asking price today, on EBAY is $80.
Condition is probably the most important factor. Mint is always more valuable. And a mint “Candie” is the glass container with the original candy in it and the original label, in excellent condition. And of course there are not any chips or cracks.
Animals are the most common candies on the secondary market. Several different vintage dogs are on the market today. Scotty dogs and Boston Terriers are selling for $15 and less. Easter bunnies with a basket are valued at $25 and a plain rabbit $10 to $16. More collectibles are the chickens and cats and donkeys.
Other “Candies” are vehicles. The train locomotives for instance, you can “Buy it now” for $19.99. If the train locomotive is pink glass expect to add another $10 to the bill.
Models of automobiles in glass, include the coupe car. With one seat and possibly a rumble seat, popular in the 1930s and 1940s. They can be found for $10 and less.
Another glass car was available in 1929 according to an old magazine advertisement. Customers had a choice of either mint, orange or cinnamon candy. The candy was made by the Fresh Pak Candy Company in Moline, Illinois. There are not any identification marks on the glass. It is 4.75 inches long and two-inches high. The glass candy container was originally marked for $18. However # 93 was having a half-price sale the day I was in Turkey River Mall and I took the car home for the bargain price. I was happy, even though it did not have the label or the original candy.
The other 1940s candy container is a candlestick telephone with a wood ear piece. The original candy and the stopper at the bottom of the container, is still in place. An identification name embossed in the glass is Victory Glass Co. Jeanette, PA. U.S.A. It is five-inches tall. I have seen them priced from $15 to $60 on the Internet auctions this week. This is a good time to shop for “Candies.” I have not mentioned all the “Candies” in the world in this short column. Go ahead and have fun looking, fellow collectors.