Sunday, August 15, 2010

Donald's Toothbrush Holder

Q: I have an early Donald Duck figurine. It is either a chalk holder or a pencil holder. It is approximately 2 3/4" wide and about 5" high. On the back it says c (which is in a circle) Walt E. Disny (note spelling) and on the bottom it says "Made in Japan." As I look at it, Donald is looking to the left, and his right hand is touching the brim of his hat (U.S. Navy) as if saluting. His bowtie is red, his hat and sleeves have a black ring around them. Do you have any information on this? Thank you!
Linda, Rochester, New York

A [Dave Smith]: That item is actually a toothbrush holder, made in Japan around 1935 and distributed in the U.S. by the George Borgfeldt Co. There were a number of similar toothbrush holders, also featuring Mickey Mouse, Minnie Mouse, Pluto and the Three Little Pigs.

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