SNOOKUMS. Antique PAIR of Miniature Bisque Porcelain Figures by Schafer & Vater.  Extremely Rare and Collectable Models; c 1915
SNOOKUMS. Antique PAIR of Miniature Bisque Porcelain Figures by Schafer & Vater.  Extremely Rare and Collectable Models; c 1915
SNOOKUMS. Antique PAIR of Miniature Bisque Porcelain Figures by Schafer & Vater.  Extremely Rare and Collectable Models; c 1915
SNOOKUMS. Antique PAIR of Miniature Bisque Porcelain Figures by Schafer & Vater.  Extremely Rare and Collectable Models; c 1915
SNOOKUMS. Antique PAIR of Miniature Bisque Porcelain Figures by Schafer & Vater.  Extremely Rare and Collectable Models; c 1915
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SNOOKUMS. Antique PAIR of Miniature Bisque Porcelain Figures by Schafer & Vater. Extremely Rare and Collectable Models; c 1915

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These wee figures are very rare and highly collectable.

On offer here are the two little antique Bisque German SNOOKUMS figures as shown in my photographs.

They are in good antique condition and fully marked to the base as shown.

They have a star mark and impressed mold numbers to the base.

They are very sweet and beautifully modelled and are fabulous little miniature models.

These little antique figures have an interesting history - they come from illustrations in a comic strip published in an American newspaper entitled "The Newlyweds". The comic strip was created in 1904 and it focussed on an elegant and sophisticated young couple. After being married for 3 years - they had a little baby - a little boy nicknamed "Snookums". The couple was very attractive but sadly their child was considered rather hideous, perhaps the ugliest child in America.

Here the German company Schafer & Vater have made comical miniature figures of the little baby... these are very rarer survivors.

Merchandising of Snookums was limited with the largest number of collectables being produced by the German maker, Schafer Vater. There were also some books of comic strip reprints, a few dolls & at least 3 different hand-painted tin wind-up toys made in Germany circa 1915.

In 1910 Sears Roebuck began importing & distributing the Schafer Vater line in the US. It is likely that the Snookums figures were some of the first Schafer Vater pieces available.

Schafer & Vater also produced an even more successful line of character figurines, the Rose O'Neil Kewpies, beginning in 1912.

My pair is in very fine condition commensurate of their great age and now being well over 100 years old. They are really special items for collectors of antique Schafer model - as such they are indeed listed at a fair price given both their rarity and lovely condition. They look really fabulous on display.