Fellow Vintage and Antique Hallowe'en and Paper Ephemera Enthusiasts!
The black cats nap, the skeletons rest.
Ghouls and goblins – they don’t care.
But as our friends know quite well,
All year long we love to SCARE!
of you know us as longtime collectors and sellers of vintage and antique
Hallowe'en memorabilia, antique dolls, and old toys. For your all-year-long
Hallowe'en loving pleasure, we are HAUNTINGly happy to present an exceedingly
rare die cut decoration that was made in Germany in the 1930s for ONE SEASON
ONLY, and was ONLY sold in Canada! OK, Friends...HERE WE GO!!!
meet the musically-talented Mr. Bones and his three FRIGHTfully favorite flying
friends. This is an “Inner Sanctum” piece and one like him can be seen on page
116 of Mark B. Ledenbach’s outstanding book “Vintage Halloween Collectibles; An
Identification & Price Guide (Second Edition)”. This diecut falls into the
category of items that are considered to be very special and SPOOKY-cool and therefore
designated as such in the chapter entitled “The Inner Sanctum”.
diecut retains its original cardboard easel making this piece a stand-up and very
easy to display.
far as we know, this diecut and the other three pieces comprising the four-member
band, are unusual because a blue background was used. We know of no other German
diecuts where blue was used. Our example features a smiling skeleton proudly
playing his accordion in an eerie graveyard in celebration of All Hallows' Eve.
Notice the extremely fine detail and the crow or raven, flying bat, and owl who
accompany Mr. Bones. The design includes a rare tombstone motif as well. Stars
are present that decorate the blue background and the overall feel of this
piece is incredible to say the least!
addition to the light blue the colors are ivory white or cream and black. We
particularly love the relationship between Mr. Bones and his owl friend. This
piece measures 15” high x 7 ½” wide.
exact condition for this piece is as follows: there are NO major large soft
creases whatsoever. The piece stands by itself beautifully. There is some
surface loss at the top of Mr. Bones’ skull, to one eyebrow, and some areas of
surface loss to the accordion, to one hip bone and the tips of both feet. There
are several pinholes throughout. There is a light surface crease to Mr. Bones’
neck, visible on the reverse only – but the cardboard is without give and
maintains its integrity. There is a little surface crackling to the base of the
accordion, to Mr. Bones’ arms and some to his legs – but this is entirely
commensurate with his elderly age and quite frankly only adds to his charm!
stand-up is stamped in purple Made in Germany on the reverse and there is also
a little bit of pencil writing on the reverse as well. Also on the reverse
there is surface paper loss to Mr. Bones’ head and one foot.
all of our years of collecting and sharing vintage Hallowe'en memorabilia, this
is the only example of this diecut we have ever seen in person. We do know of a
couple of others that are in the hands of seasoned, well-respected collectors
whom we have the privilege to know. This is a very, very hard-to-find item and
we are hoping this piece ends up in the hands of someone who will treasure him
as we have. Mr. Bones and his three best friends would love to spend this Hallowe'en
remember Ziz’s motto: Eat, Drink and Be
about it, we have SCARED up a great deal for true Halloween DIE-hards! There is
no reserve on this item and a DEVILishly low starting bid so everyone will have
a GHOST of a chance. Thank you for reading our desCRYPTion. Enjoy!
WE LOVE OUR BIDDERS! We are
thankful for you every day. Please check out our other auctions including 4
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Pink Depression Glass Square Handled Tray, Doric Pattern 1935-38 NICE!, Vintage
Halloween Large Minnie Mouse Jack o Lantern Band Member Diecut w/ Cymbals, Authentic
Pink Depression Glass Oval Platter, Cherry Blossom, 1930-39, Lot #2, VFINE to
NEAR MINT Uncommon Vintage Halloween Large Crescent Moon & Witch Diecut, RARE
Vintage Halloween Red Devil Jack o' Lantern Germany 1920s-30s, VFINE-NMINT!.
our gift to fellow Hallowe'en collectors, we will ship this item to you FREE
pay within 3 days of end of auction. We'll ship within 1 business day of
receipt of payment. Pennsylvania residents pay 6% sales tax. While we prefer to
ship to the United States only, we will ship overseas to interested collectors
– but will need to quote actual shipping costs at the end of the auction. All
international sales will be shipped USPS Priority Mail International insured. We
also cannot predict other fees such as tariffs or duty taxes for each