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Sharing the rites of our heritage: Yenke Peddler antiques

Wishing each of you a blessed Easter and Passover! As we both fast and pray, may the traditions we cherish bring us celebrations of joy and peace. 

Brenda Yenke 

Candy containers have made the holidays sweeter since the late 1800s. Composed of papier-mache, tin, glass, carved wood or plastic, they offer a keepsake long after the contents are enjoyed. One such elaborate design for Easter included the famous Faberge eggs. Enameled and jeweled, they are still quite valuable. 

Originally made for children, antique toy candy containers are now collected by adults. Animals were designed with removable heads, often in mohair or real fur, and paper composition. The housing for the treats, within the body, was either a glass bottle or a cardboard receptacle. These are rare and valuable today.  

However, pricing for glass rabbits, chickens and eggs is reasonable, if the lids are still intact. Chocolates were offered in hand-carved wooden boxes, with sliding or hinged tops. German Black Forest animals on top of the chest would make for a substantial investment then and now. 

Looking ahead to quality antique shows, the 64th Annual Oglebay Antiques Show in Wheeling W.V., runs from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Saturday, April 7, and 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. Sunday, April 8. Admission is $12 and is good for both days. Held in Wilson Lodge with well-established dealers, it is definitely worth the three-hour drive from Cleveland. Packages are also available for a weekend adventure. 

Dear Brenda,

I have a set of Russel Wright dinnerware that I inherited from my in-laws. It consists of 71 pieces (not counting lids), and is in very good condition. Only used once a year for the Passover holidays, it has been in storage for some time. I have no idea of value and need some help with prospective buyers, as well.  



Dear Wendy,

Your Russel Wright American Modern dinnerware is very much in style today! Steubenville Pottery from Ohio was the manufacturer of this tableware from 1939-1959. It was during the Modernism era that this design took center stage. 

Your colorful service for 12 includes chartreuse (most popular), coral and gray. Internet selling would include, while local interest shops include Flower Child, Medina Antique Mall and Mitchell Sotka Antiques in Rocky River. Value for your special kosher tableware would be $600 and up.  

If you have an item for evaluation, send a clear picture with history to Yenke Peddler, Brenda Yenke, P.O. Box 361633, Strongsville, Ohio, 44136. You may also email photos and informa- tion requests for Brenda to evaluate at

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