|The picture below shows two larger views of this Rare Early Cracker Jack Pop Corn Confection Miniature Pot Metal Toy Prize Wood Stove Charm. The prize is not dated but it is believed to be from the 1910s to the early 1920s. The stove has its, often missing, scarce capsule insert piece. The capsule is translucent red. The very detailed wood stove is dark with no finish, as it was made. It is made of pot metal or lead, and it has a charm loop at the top to hang it as a charm bracelet charm, or a necklace pendant.|
Many of the early pot metal or lead prizes were manufactured by Dowst (Samuel Dowst), or the Tootsietoy Company of Chicago, Illinois, but there were other companies in the United States, and including ones from Japan and Germany prior to World War II as well. Some of these type prizes were made specifically for Cracker Jack, while others were made as small novelties, bought in volume, and used as prizes by The Cracker Jack Company. Pot metal or lead prizes were some of the earliest prizes that were used in Cracker Jack boxes from the 1910s to the late 1940s. Many of these type prizes or novelties were also sold out of old Johnson Smith & Company catalog as well as some other early novelty catalogs, also used in fortune telling sets, and some were also sold and used as board game parts. Many of these can be found factory painted, inked, or with no finish at all.
The woodstove charm measure about 5/8'' x 1-1/4'' x 9/16''. It appears to be in mint condition, as pictured.