Krampus is a legendary German figure who visits children on Dec. 6 to find bad children, catch them with his very long tongue, beat them with sticks and take them away to the underworld. Good children get gifts at Christmas from St. Nicholas.
This evil man was part of holiday lore for centuries, but this frightening idea was suppressed. The Catholic Church forbade the celebrations, and it was considered an evil political idea after World War II.
Antique figurines and drawings of Krampus are still found in searches for antiques, although rarely are recognized. But in the past 25 years, Krampus has reappeared in two new books of the old postcards picturing him, a comic book, a TV show, movies and an art exhibit.
In Europe on Dec. 5, there have been celebrations with drunken men in devil costumes chasing people in the streets. But some are remembering Krampus in a friendlier way, by selling pieces of chocolate shaped like devils.
This 33-inch-tall Krampus figure with golden horns was made in Germany. He is covered in black fur and holds a chain and basket full of naughty children. It sold at a Bertoia auction for $1,560.
Campbell's Kid doll
Q: I have a Campbell's Kid girl doll dressed as a chef in a pink dress with a white apron and hat. She is 6 inches tall and still in the unopened Campbell's soup can with a see-through side. How much is she worth today?
A: Illustrator Grace Drayton created the chubby-faced Campbell's Kids in 1904. The first dolls were made in 1910, by the E.I Horsman Co. The composition dolls were sold by mail order through Montgomery Ward and Sears as well as in local stores. In 1928, the licensing rights went to the American Character Doll Co. The dolls were dressed in chef's clothing like in the ads. The Kids weren't used in advertising much from the mid-1920s to the mid-1940s. But they were brought back in 1954 to celebrate their 50th birthday, and new dolls were made.
Your doll is from the 1998 "Junior Series," a commemorative set of four dolls, each packaged individually in a tin can with a removable sticker, so the can could be used as a bank. Asking prices online are up to $25 for one in original packaging, but without the can they sell for about $5 to $8.
Shannon soup bowl
Q: I have what I believe to be an antique large rimmed soup bowl with a blue transferware decal. I'm trying to find the maker by the mark, but all I have is the name "Shannon." Can you help me?
A: Shannon is a pattern made by one of the potteries in Staffordshire, England. There have been many potteries working in the six towns in the district, and thousands of pieces of pottery and porcelain have been made since the 1700s. Unfortunately, there is no maker's mark on your bowl that would tell which pottery made it. Pieces sell online just listed as "Shannon" or "Shannon Pottery." A soup bowl sells for about $30.
Tip: To remove coffee stains, try wiping the cup with a damp cloth and baking soda.
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Prices are from shows nationwide.
Decanter, green cut glass, split concave leaf design, pattern cut stopper, Japan, 11 inches, $25.
Art deco figurine, woman holding crystal, silvered cast metal, signed, Max Le Verrier, 1900s, 10 3/4 inches, $235.
Fauteuil chair, mahogany, upholstered, lion's-head arms, turned stretchers, hairy paw feet, $250.
Vase, pottery, green, gray, stretched surface, lacquer lid, marked Makoto Yabe, 1980, 10 inches, $310.
Tall case clock, cherry, brass, tombstone arch door, eight-day, 1810, 83 3/4 by 16 3/4 by 10 1/2 inches, $350.
Kerosene lamp, junior, banquet, yellow glass, ball shape, metal foot, Argand, applied jewels, 1750, 18 by 4 inches, $410.
Muller Freres cameo glass vase, night scene, red owl, trees, earthy background, 8 3/4 by 4 1/2 inches, $7,380.