|The picture below shows larger view of all (6) Old Cracker Jack Pop Corn Confection Owl Bird Pot Metal or Lead Toy Prize Figurine Charms & Lapel Stud Buttons in this lot. These prizes are not dated but they are believed to be from the 1910s to the 1930s. They are made of pot metal or lead with no finish, as made. (4) of these have a charm loop at the top, and could be used on a charm bracelet, as pendants on a necklace, or on earrings. (2) of these have a formed lapel stud button on the back (top left & bottom center). The Cracker Jack prize ID number for the top center one is: #B0003. The bottom center one is #B-0005. The numbers for the others and the manufacturers are unknown at the moment. There is one duplicate charm in this lot.|
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.
All six of these for one price! To judge the sizes, the top center owl figure charm measures about 7/8'' tall. These appear to be in mint condition, as pictured.