Marcin Antiques, Specializing in Vintage & Antique Holiday Memorabilia, Dolls & Toys

All-Original Vintage Halloween Paper Mache Pulp Jack o' Lantern Decoration, USA Circa 1930s-40s, What a Face!

$140.00 ($12.00 shipping)

Item # HLANT-08112017-1-100



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This WICKEDLY wonderful all-original vintage Hallowe'en pressed paper pulp Jack o' Lantern has great color, and one of the creepy-coolest expressions I have ever seen!


This American-made Jack was probably produced by Pulp Reproduction Company – which, by the way, used that actual name for their company, but this is NOT a newer reproduction! He was made in the 1930s or 1940s, and he retains his original paint, original paper insert, and his original wire bale handle as well.


Not counting that handle, he measures about 6” high. Pulp Reproduction Co. cut out holes on the underside to accommodate cardboard candleholders for a real wax candle. This Jack does have that cut out hole.


His color is that great, rich shade of old brownish-orange that we collectors adore, and he has an airbrushed green bottom with airbrushed black eyebrows and nose accents. His surface retains most of its wonderful sheen. His paper insert is in colors of old red, creamy white, golden yellow and navy blue.

That insert does have a few small holes, a little loss to the edges, and a couple of short tears – but it looks great from the outside. He does have some rubs to his paint commensurate with his elderly age, but this lantern is rock solid with no cracks or repairs whatsoever.  He has a little wear to his nose. There is an original small dent near the back – this is not damage, and I have seen this before. It happened during the manufacturing process when the lantern was either laid down prior to it being completely dry, or was held before drying while being painted. There is a little melted wax in the interior, along with an old burned match – YIKES!


I love this Jack, with his unusual and super spooky expression, and his originality makes him a great piece for the collector!




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I charge actual shipping costs with no handling fees. I’ll ship this item for $12.00 Priority Mail in the continental United States insured. The shipping costs for this item are an estimate and may be more or less depending on your location. However, if the actual shipping costs are less, I WILL refund the difference. I pack with tender loving care, and love to combine shipping. I am also happy to arrange for free pick-up if you can come to Lancaster PA.

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Oh, there’ll be spooky doings
When cometh Hallowe'en,
With black cats loudly meowing,
And witches to be seen;
For ‘tis the night when bats careen,
And hoots the hooting owl,
While in the heavy shadows
The gray ghost slyly prowl.

Happy Hallowe'en 2017!


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