While reorganizing for the new year and combining some things from cleaning out my Mom's house, I came across a box of wall pockets from my collecting past.I remember in the late 60s – early 70s going to the flea markets and searching for these pieces of wall art. Many I bought for 25 cents which translates to $1.57 in today’s money, but I have not seen a $2 wall pocket anywhere in my travels although on ebay I just saw one for $1.99, but shipping was $5.95. Wall pockets made sense to me because they did not take up much room and came in many thematic schemes--animals, birds, fruit, veggies, faces as well as the traditional flat cones.
Before decorative wall pockets were created, flat backed wooden boxes hung on walls to hold papers, candles, matches, or eating utensils, as well as cloth pockets designed to hold sewing tools such as scissors, thimbles, or thread.
Unmarked American wall pockets and imports from Germany, Czechoslovakia, China, and Japan weren't nearly as popular as the big names, but I bought ones that intrigued me when I went shopping. Collecting, like my opening quote about writing, should be personal. It always makes me a little crazy (crazier?) to see people collect because they think it will gain value.
For collectors just being drawn to these space-saving trinkets, bargain wall pockets can still be found in the $20-$30 range. Different glaze variations on the same piece or different styles in a series can result in variations in price. A number of the plentiful wall pockets made by McCoy fall into this category.
I liked pockets with sayings...this is a favorite...
Collectors are happy people.
~Johann Wolfgang von Goethe