Posted 7 years ago
The heyday of Carnival Chalkware - for collectors anyway, is between 1920-
1950. In the 1920's, Comic strip characters, Circus themes (Elephants), Kewpies and vamps were most popular. After 1930, Screen and radio Stars entered the picture too. The 1940's brought war related chalkware of soldiers, sailors, and pin-ups.
Charlie McCarthy, King Kong , Shirley Temple, Betty Boop, and the Lone Ranger were popular. As you can see, Mae West was represented in dozens of versions, some crudely done and this one rather high end; better sculpted, painted and glittered than most. And much heavier weight wise. She's 13" tall. While pieces depicting sailors, Rin Tin Tin,
and even Kong, have depreciated in value, the Mae Wests maintain their high appeal as most collectible. Ooooooh!