Carnival Glass Chicken

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  • Item Category: Glass
  • Source: eBay
  • Sold Date: Dec 03,2006
  • Channel: Online Auction

This item was part of an estate bequeathed to me by my late Uncle Floyd, who died peacefully in his sleep at a rest stop somew in northern Arizona late last spring.

Uncle Floyd had a strongly conservative taste in home decor. He had avocado-colored kitchen appliances dating from the early 1960's; gold shag carpet; ugly palette-knife paintings of Chinese Junks, rendered in lurid reds and oranges, of the type last seen in failing motels; and a collection of Johnny Mathis records. My late Aunt Ethel, shortly before her death, took Uncle Floyd to a thrift store w he was shocked to find certain articles of primitive folk art, which violated his aesthetic sensibilities and cast him into a muttering, incont state that lasted for nearly two months.

Regaining his former composure, Uncle Floyd vowed to wage unending war against the kind hateful artifacts he had first encountered at that Goodwill store. When Ethel died, he used their remaining life savings to purchase a large, spacious motor home. He traveled the highways of America, visiting as many thrift stores as he could locate, to buy up the awful relics he so despised, tby depriving others of the opportunity to acquire them and enjoy them. He would wait until the motor home was bursting at the seams with old carved wooden masks, homespun aboriginal textiles, strange religious art, and the like, and deliver them to the nearest landfill. He regarded this as his mission in his remaining years and as a parting humanitarian gesture to the America he loved. "What's the matter with a good Norman Rockwell print?" he'd growl., as he snatched up an African carving to remove to the next county dump.

When Uncle Floyd died, the motor home was filled to capacity, and after several months of bitter wrangling among his relatives, most of whom wished to avoid inheriting any of this abundant stash, it was decided to leave it all to me to dispose of as I chose. I've kept the better pieces, but alas, I simply haven't enough room to house all of Uncle Floyd's finds. I actually like this stuff, and not wishing to dishonor Uncle Floyd's memory, I yet hate to transport the entire lot to the landfill.

Proceeds from the sale of these items will go toward a monument for Uncle Floyd, a six foot high cast bronze likeness of a Statue of Liberty ash tray, of the sort he and aunt Ethel had proudly displayed on their coffee table.


This is a vintage carnival glass lidded "chicken" candy dish. Approximately 7 inches long, pearlescent amber glass. Please see my other listings for other unique folk art items from Latin America, India, the Middle East, and Africa. On two or more items, I will gladly combine shipping charges. If you want guaranteed and insured delivery, please contact me -- otherwise I ship Parcel Post.