What: Baby Snookums character nodder-inkwell
Where: West Palm Beach Antiques Festival, South Florida Fairgrounds. Next show is May 31-June 2; www.wpbaf.com
How much: $35
Why it’s special: Baby Snookums had one ugly mug, that’s for sure.
But this character, from George McManus’ “The Newlyweds” comic strip, was a part of American history. “The Newlyweds,” created in 1904, was the first American family newspaper strip. Snookums was introduced in 1907.
This nodder (yes, its head bobs) depicts Baby Snookums sitting at an ink pot, his hands covered in ink. Some of these have Snookums’ name on his collar; this one does not.
German companies such as Schafer & Vater turned out thousands of these novelty porcelain items, and most of them were broken or tossed in the course of daily use.
This piece appeals to collectors on multiple levels. For starters, it’s a nodder. Second, it’s a comic character. And third, it’s a desk accessory, and there are folks who collect inkwells.
For me, it’s a fun blast from the past.
How cool is that?
Write to Scott at Scott@ScottSimmonsAntiques.com.