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Help A Collector: Vintage Pottery Unicorn

This is an item I just discovered today (yesterday, when you read this) in a thrift store: A vintage pottery unicorn head.

Pottery Unicorn Head

This piece is very unusual to me mainly because of its holes.

Top of Unicorn Pottery Piece

At first I thought this was some sort of homemade candle holder, where the inserted taper becomes the unicorn’s horn. But once I picked it up, I knew differently. Not that I really know what it is…

Ceramic Unicorn Without A Horn

It’s rather clear that the horn is in fact missing, as is something on the left side. For in the mane there are two neat, crisp holes, one larger than the other.

Mystery Vintage Unicorn

It is white, heavily glazed and also cold painted, in red; most of which is intact, including the beard.

Vintage White Pottery Unicorn With Red Cold Paint

The crazing, felt bottom and feel of the piece indicate a vintage piece. No marks for maker; it measures 6 ¾ inches tall.

Do you have any idea as to maker or year? Any ideas what all those holes are for?

Any ideas at all?


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shannon Gidday, I believe your unicorn head is a "water bong" for smoking weed. :0) The larger hole in the mane would have held a grommet and cone stem and the smaller hole is a "shottie hole" and used to clear the bong of surplus smoke. And the user would have toked on the horn part which i reckon is missing its horn cover that would disguise its use compleatly when on a shelf. Just my thoughts, Shannon :0) New Zealand. May 4th, 2009 at 12:20 AM

Pegacorna I collect unicorn things of all sorts. I don't care what they are and I can sculpt a new horn to put there. I could easily use it to decorate my house. I think it would also make a really cool candle holder. If you want to sell it, you can email me at pegacorna@gmail.com and let me know how much it would be. I am always looking for unicorn stuff, like I said and you're welcome to spread the word :D June 27th, 2009 at 9:36 PM

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