Help with lion charm, please

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JudithMR
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Help with lion charm, please

Post by JudithMR » Sun Dec 27, 2020 8:43 am

I recently found a long necklace with about 20 plastic lion charms, and I'm wondering whether these are Cracker Jack charms. They're not marked, and I'm not sure what type of plastic they're made from or their age.

I can't figure out how to attach the photo (sorry!), but here's the link: https://imgur.com/a/vl6Xv5r

Any help would be greatly appreciated.

Judith

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Re: Help with lion charm, please

Post by Luke » Sun Dec 27, 2020 9:24 am

Welcome to the forums!

I don't recognize it, but I'm sure someone will chime in with a more definitive answer.

As for age, if it's bakelite then it would be safe to say it's pre-1950s, if it's plastic then it would from the 1950s until today. Rubbing the lion vigorously, then smelling for a slight formaldehyde odor would confirm that it is bakelite. There are other tests, that use Simichrome polish, but I'm not sure of the details on that. That would help you to roughly date the lions.

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Re: Help with lion charm, please

Post by JudithMR » Sun Dec 27, 2020 10:11 am

Thank you for your response, Luke. It's definitely not Bakelite. There's an obvious seam, and it's too white (Bakelite yellows with age). Does the lack of a mark indicate that it's definitely not Cracker Jack, or were some charms made without a mark?

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Re: Help with lion charm, please

Post by dianep2 » Sun Dec 27, 2020 10:47 am

:?) Hi Judith,
I would agree with Luke that your darling lion charm is not Cracker Jack. Having said that, I am not the best expert to ask either. But, I have never seen a charm just like that. And not all Cracker Jack prizes are marked which makes identification that much more difficult.
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Re: Help with lion charm, please

Post by JudithMR » Sun Dec 27, 2020 12:35 pm

Thank you, Sister Diane. I appreciate your help (and your warm welcome).

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Re: Help with lion charm, please

Post by Cyndy Boesch » Sun Dec 27, 2020 8:20 pm

I am in agreement that your little lion is not a Cracker Jack prize. Is it attached to a charm bracelet? It is a cutie.

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Re: Help with lion charm, please

Post by JudithMR » Sun Dec 27, 2020 8:30 pm

Thanks for the confirmation. There are 19 or 20 of these lions attached to a lightweight necklace chain.

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