Thank you for visiting our past auction result archives. If you have an item identical (or similar) to this auction lot, please call, write or contact us to discuss. We will be able to help you.

Lot # 691 (of 1525)   < Previous Lot | Next Lot >

The First Baseball Nodder Plus Two Mickey Mouse Figures

Starting Bid - $200.00, Sold For - $348.00

This circa 1900 ceramic figurine featuring a young boy holding a bat is the very first "nodder." This is the first example we have ever seen of this primitive predecessor to today's "Bobbing Head" dolls. The legs are fitted on coiled metal springs at the feet, allowing for a slight "nodding" action when pushed. This is an extremely delicate and fragile piece. We can't imagine many of these early nodders have survived. This is the first we have seen. This figure appears to have possibly been designed as an ashtray. Some paint has worn away, but the figure is complete with no chips or cracks. It is from figures such as these that the term "nodder" originates. Accompanying the early nodder are two 1930s ceramic Mickey Mouse baseball figurines (out of the four in the set), one posed as a batter, one as a pitcher. Each retains most of its original paint and is marked "Copyright Walt Disney." These bisque figures are highly prized by Disney collectors, and while they have no real connection to the nodder, they happen to look great displayed together. The nodder and both Mickeys are each slightly taller than three inches. Total 3 figures. Reserve $200. Estimate $400/$600. SOLD FOR $348.00


(Click the smaller thumbnails to the left and right (if any) to cycle through each photo in the gallery of images for this lot.)