It’s the most wonderful time of the year…for Napco devotees, that is! While many people associate the holiday season with Santa Claus, reindeer, and evergreen trees, for us, it’s all about collecting vintage Napco ceramics. From angelic figurines to jolly Santa mugs, there’s nothing that gets us into the Christmas spirit quite like a little bit of retro kitsch.
But what exactly is Napco ceramicware, and why is it so collectible? In short, Napco ceramics are beautiful examples of mid-century American craftsmanship. Produced by the National Potteries Corporation (or “Napco” for short), these pieces were designed in the 1950s and 1960s and were mass-produced for use in homes across the country. Today, they’re highly sought-after by collectors for their clean lines, pastel colors, and Atomic Age imagery.
Whether you’re a seasoned collector or just getting started, we’ve put together a guide to help you add some festive flair to your collection this holiday season. Read on to learn more about the best Napco Christmas ceramics out there!
One of the most iconic Napco Christmas ceramics are the “Candy Cane Triplets” figurines, bells, and ornaments. Originally released in 1956, this set features a trio of lovely angels holding a candy cane with holly berry embellishments. Thousands of vintage Christmas figurines have been produced over the years, but these Napco candy cane angels remain as popular as ever with collectors.
Somethings to lookout for:
If you’re looking to add the “Napco Candy Cane Angel” to your collection, keep an eye out for condition and if they come with their original box as this can significantly impact the value of the piece. Damage tends to occur on the angel wings and candy canes. It is not uncommon to find repairs, chips, and cracks. Paint-wear too can be present but sometimes that adds to the charm on a true vintage piece. Also inspect the items to ensure that the bell clangers are intact, is the Napco silver foil tag present. On the box, if you are fortunate enough to come across a set with their box, look for water damage as many of these were stored in basements or attics over the years and moister could have seeped in. Boxes also tend to be taped, torn, and warped, and this is ok as long as the box is still somewhat sturdy. Also, check the graphics on the front, can you still make out what it says and the colors?
Whether you’re a seasoned collector or just getting started, we hope this little guide has given you some inspiration for adding some festive flair to your collection this holiday season! There’s a shortage of great vintage Napco Christmas ceramics out there as many folks are collecting these vintage treasures and prices just keep going up but these are truly wonderful pieces with so much vintage Christmas charm. Happy hunting!
About the Vintage Christmas Collecting Series: This series of blog posts and pictures focuses on vintage and mid-century Christmas collectibles from the late 1940s-1960s, giving you the insights on starting a collection with tips on prices and where to find these treasures as well as tips for adding to your collection and scoring the rare and hard-to-find pieces. Both new and seasoned collectors will learn new things so they can enjoy collecting vintage Christmas items year-round. See more pictures and blog posts here at our Vintage Christmas Collecting Series
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