Hi everyone! The answer to my question: What is the Perfect Easter Collectible? Rabbits, of course! Fashioned from all sorts of materials and in all shapes and sizes, they have represented the holiday in Germany since the late 1600’s and in America since the 1700’s when German immigrants brought the tradition with them.
While in reality, there’s not one true perfect Easter collectible, rabbits are the iconic animal of choice, with chicks running a close second. Over the past couple of years, I have acquired many darling bunnies, some of which are available for purchase today.
White China Easter Rabbits
And his baby bunny cousin. Available.
Stuffed Easter Rabbits
A small stuffed bunny made from antique chenille. Available.
A vintage stuffed bunny in a painter’s outfit dating to about the 1940’s. He’s been clearly well-loved, wouldn’t you say? [For sale for $18.00 at my Gristmill Antique Center booth.]
Miscellaneous Easter Rabbits
My sweet friend gave me these Gurley cuties; she found them in a free box at a garage sale. They date to the 1950’s and are available for sale in my booth for $3.00 each. They’re not in great shape–melted and missing body parts.
Learn some tips for cleaning old Gurley’s here.
If you’re into bright colors for Easter, then this rabbit is the one for you. He’s a ceramic chocolate bunny-style rabbit. Available.
Metal Easter Rabbits
This antique chocolate Easter bunny mold is the only one out of this bunch that I do not own. I saw it last weekend on my excursion with my sweet husband. The dealer priced him at $89.00, a bit to steep for my pocket.
This small aluminum mold, on the other hand, was well within my budget. Available.
As was this copper version (one out of four molds). Available.
Resin Easter Rabbits
An Artline (1994) resin rabbit–one of my favorites! Available.
Also made of plastic resin, this sweet baby is adorable. Available.
Wooden Easter Rabbits
A carved wooden rabbit with folk art appeal. Available.
Everyone needs a bunny on wheels, right? Available.
Composition Easter Rabbits
Some of you who’ve been reading Adirondack Girl @ Heart for a while will recognize these handsome devils. I picked them up at a flea market last summer, so this year represents their first year as part of our [rather limited] Easter decor. New, made to look old, they seem to be constructed of a heavy paper mache sort of material. I’m not ready to part with them just yet.
And you may recognize this guy from Wednesdays Vintage Find’s post. The newest of the bunch, he appears to be made of some kind of composite, plaster of some sort, perhaps? But he weighs very little, so it might be his matte finish that’s throwing me. Available.
More China Easter Rabbits
Pottery rabbit-on-nest. Available.
Majolica Easter Rabbits
I’m a huge of fan of majolica–brightly colored, high relief pottery, typically depicting plants and animals and sporting a very shiny surface. A relatively new piece, made in Italy, this cabbage with the bunny on top is a good modern example. Available in my antique booth.
Here’s another majolica-style piece, a Peter Rabbit wannabe, with an Adirondack-style pack basket. He’s another favorite, which will be staying in my collection for the foreseeable future. Are you a rabbit fan?
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