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Tucky, the Steiff turkey stuffed animal.

Tucky, the Steiff turkey stuffed animal.

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By Lori Verderame

Some Have Monetary Value Along With Sentimental Value

Thanksgiving is one of the times when families reunite to enjoy age-old family traditions that include a holiday feast. We also enjoy the kitchen collectibles that stir memories, such as canister sets, mixing bowls, holiday china, hand-painted tea sets, seasonal table linens, crystal goblets and well-worn casserole dishes.

Antique and vintage kitchen objects can have collectible and monetary value, too, such as the ones in my Top 10 Thanksgiving holiday collectibles:

  1. Turkey platters of Staffordshire or Limoges china. These platters are typically of blue/white ceramic or full color featuring an image of a dressed turkey at the center. They date from the mid-to-late 19th century to present day.
  2. Macy’s Thanksgiving Day Parade memorabilia. Whatever I am doing on Thanksgiving morning, I do not miss this fabulous ultra-American event from New York City. The long-running parade is an American tradition, debuting on Nov. 27, 1924. This long and diverse history offers collectors various types of parade and turkey day memorabilia.
  3. Steiff turkey toy. The German toy firm Steiff is best known for its antique mohair teddy bears dating back to the late 19th and early 20th centuries. Steiff also produced many other types of stuffed animals from the mid-1900s. The 1950s era Steiff turkey toy named “Tucky” is a sought-after Thanksgiving collectible toy.
  4. Pilgrim Barbie doll. Barbie comes in many forms, but at holiday time, Mattel made sure Barbie was the hostess with the mostess. Collectible Barbie dolls exist in the Thanksgiving hostess style and the ever-popular Pilgrim Barbie, too.
  5. Authentic antique Native American baskets. These Thanksgiving collectibles made in the Eastern, Southwestern and Pacific Northwestern U.S. bring a good price. Antique Native American basketry by the Haida tribe and others range in value well into the several thousands of dollars.
  6. Thanksgiving-related salt and pepper shakers. Turkeys, Native Americans, and Pilgrim salt and pepper shakers by various makers such as Napco, Spode and Goebel. Holiday tables worldwide are enlivened by the addition of these small-scale collectible salt and pepper shakers.
  7. Presidential turkey pardon memorabilia. Paper announcements, TV news footage and newspaper reports from the White House regarding the annual pardoning of a Thanksgiving turkey remain a holiday collectible favorite.
  8. Toleware holiday trays. Metal trays with images of turkeys, teepees and all the trimmings are popular offerings at antique shops and flea markets in the autumn. They range in value from $25 to $75 depending on size, image and condition.
  9. Table Talk pumpkin pie tins. While Table Talk pie tins have a strong collectibles interest in the New England states, the rest of the global collecting market gets into the act at Thanksgiving time. These tin pie plates dating back into the 1900s are not going to bust your wallet and make fun holiday collectibles for the Thanksgiving buffet table.
  10. Norman Rockwell’s Freedom from Want (Thanksgiving Day) color poster, circa 1941-45. This famous image features a family sitting down to Thanksgiving dinner. Rockwell’s image was based on President Franklin Delano Roosevelt’s “Four Freedoms” speech and has become synonymous with the American Thanksgiving feast since World War II. The reproduction poster in good condition is worth $125 to $200.

Happy Thanksgiving!


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