Antique and Vintage Elephants

People who love elephants have an enormous variety of objects to choose from. There are untold ceramic pieces made by any number of 19th-century Staffordshire potteries, as well as 20th-century American companies like McCoy and Shawnee. Sometimes ceramic elephants were created solely as decorative figurines. Other times they were fashioned into functional coffee creamers, using the world’s largest land mammal’s mouth or trunk as a spout. In most cases these kitchen items were generic, but a few resembled what you might call celebrity elephants, such as Disney’s Dumbo.

Glassware collectors go for elephant figurines produced by the likes of Fenton, Fostoria, Imperial, Mosser, and Steuben. European glass companies with elephantine tendencies include Kosta Boda, Orrefors, Swarovski, Lalique, Daum, Baccarat, Loetz, and Murano masters such as Barovier and Seguso.

Elephants have also been a favorite of advertisers, their size used to sell everything from petroleum products to beer. Pigs must often make way for elephants as still banks, while a pair of elephant bookends intuitively makes a lot of sense. Naturally elephants appear on circus posters, but they also make great cookie jars, cookie cutters, salt and pepper shakers, and subjects for children's books, from "Horton Hears a Who!" to "Babar."

When it comes to U.S. politics, the elephant is the familiar symbol of Republicans, appearing on campaign buttons and ashtrays as the mascot of the Grand Old Party. Elephants are also enlisted to help around the home, as a brass door knocker, for example, or the base of an Art Deco bronze lamp. But elephants are also revered creatures, as in Airavata, a white elephant, sometimes depicted with multiple heads, whose job is to bear the Hindu god Indra on its spacious back.

Best of the Web (“Hall of Fame”)

National Carousel Association

National Carousel Association

Since 1973, the National Carousel Association has been dedicated to preserving and restoring carousels and carousel… [read review or visit site]

Most watched eBay auctions    

1980 2 Pieces Zippo Lighter Donkey And Elephant Political Lighters Mint In BoxesChinese Tibetan Silver Deer Elephant Box Pendant Silver Orange Coral Figure BoxBritains Pre-war Painted Lead Zoo Elephant Ride With Howdah-children&keeperAntique German Hand Carved & Painted Wood Elephant Tobacco Humidor Jar, NrBaby Mini Boden 18 24 Mo Blue Red Brown Bear Elephant Tops Star Pants AfpFine 19thc Chinese Guangxu Porcelain Famille Rose Bird Elephants Yellow VaseDisney Dsf Ptd Dumbo Pin Trader Delight 2012 Le300 Elephant Soda Fountain Gwp Stunning Set Of Six 19th Century Japanese Meiji Period Carved Elephant ButtonsChinese White Jade Carving Of Young Boy With ElephantVintage Us Zone Germany Performing Elephant Tin Wind Up ToyPair Bergmann Style Solid Cast Bronze Elephants As Bookends -maitland Smith EraIndonesia 1000 Rupiah 1957 P-53 Elephant Pmg 64Mini Boden Baby Cord Pinnie Dress Corduroy Raincloud Elephant Birds 12-18 12 18Figural Elephant Vintage Deco Glass Perfume Scent Bottle With Man In Black LidAntique Japanese Satsuma Pottery Vase On Elephant BackJapan Bisque Elephant Carrying Clown & Dog Salt & Pepper Nodder 4.75" Irtz Bk125Calico Critters Country Tree House Plus 14 Turtle,bunny,elephant Critter Family Antique Dieppe /canton / African Carved Bead Elephant Charm BraceletRingling Bros Barnum & Bailey Circus Poster "elephants" 1931 Morgan Litho Alex And Ani The Elephant Charm Bangle Friends Of Jaclyn Silver Bracelet 2014Antique 19c Grp Brass Sporting Buttons Incl Ostrich Elephant Horse Dog Squirrel$3,000 .10ct Natural Round Cut Diamond 4 Stone "elephant" Bangle 14k Tri-toneBen Silver English Silk Black Twill Republican Red Elephants Marching Tie Nr WowAntique 19c Cased Group Metallic Luster Buttons: Bat Elephant Insects AnimalsJolly Daddy Walking Smoking Elephant With Box Battery Operated Japan Lularoe Leggings Zoo Animals Elephants TcMahogany -black Lady With Elephant 17" Limited Figurine (giuseppe Armani, 194-c)Lot Of 12 Mo Willems - The Pigeon + Elephant And Piggie Series' - One SignedRare James Avery Sterling Silver 3d Elephant Charm Pendant .925 RetiredVintage Hand Carved Bone Elephant Animal Detailed Figurines Ivory Color1930's Philadelphia Athletics Vintage Souvenir Pennant Flag W/ Elephant GraphicLot Of 69 Vintage Handkerchiefs Bandanas Usa Fast Color 2 Elephant Trunk UpJulius Caesar. 49-48 Bc. Ar Denarius. ElephantAutenetic Ronson Art Deco Figural Jumbo Elephant Striker (touch Tip) LighterKickee Pants 3-6mo Purple Elephant FootieAnthropologie Maeve Sleeveless Dress, Elephants, Tie, Boho, XsHerend Hungary Porcelain Elephant Blue Fishnet 15266Lularoe Tc Black Elephants Leggings Euc *extremely Rare And Very Htf Antique Asian Indian Silver Repousse Snuff Covered Box Elephant Tiger Palm TreesLalique Crystal Timora Baby Elephant Frosted Figure D825 Qq Dam Thing Elephant Troll Doll 6.5 " Tall Made By Denmark The Troll Co. Aps1990 Beautiful Quality Pure Bronze Dali Abstract Elephant Sculpture SubstantialMama Elephant - Merry Greetings, Twinkle, Feliz Navidad, Joy, MistletoeLarge Antique Indian Silver Pedestal Bowl Bear Elephant Fish Scenes ChariotAntique Dieppe Chinese / African Carved Bead Elephant Charm Brooch/pinVintage Dam Troll Baby Elephant With Glass Eyes And Mohair Hair 6" TallSomalia 2015 Golden Enigma Black Ruthenium Elephant 1oz Gilded Silver CoinVintage Cotton Fabric 40s Cute Juvenile Novelty Elephants 35w 1/2ydSwarovski Crystal Scs Elephant "inspiration Africa" 1993 Annual Limited Edition Perfect Antique Milk Glass "reclining Elephant" Mini Oil Lamp, (s1-488), 1900Lenox China Jewels Nativity Elephant Figurine W/ BoxElephant,1.75",mini,ooak,polymer,artist Made,so Cute - Claydoodles2013 Canada Silver $15 Coin Pure Maple Of Peace Hologram Elephant9 Sterling Silver Napkin Holders W/ Elephants - 169.8 Grams Of .925 *no Reserve*2012 .999 Silver 100 Shillings Somalia Africa Elephant Wildlife Coin Ngc Ms70Vintage 1910 ? Austria Tray Pin Dish Austrian Bronze Elephant Art Nouveau 2006 Fenton Chocolate Slag Glass Elephant Signed Sean K FentonVintage 9ct Gold Elephant Charm .72grBritains Lead Toy Figure; Zoo Or Circus Series - Large Indian ElephantVintage Tin Wind Up Toy Elephant Propeller Jw Germany Us Zone Horses Camels