Monday, December 16, 2013

Gurley's


 Who else besides me collects these little wax Gurley's? 

 Deer.   
Trees.



Angels.


And you may recall the Gurley nativity and  choirboys (and girls) 
that I've pictured in past posts.

These novelty Christmas candles from the 40's, 50's and 60's really tug at my heartstrings
 and often make their way into my basket when out vintage shopping. 





43 comments:

  1. I love your li'l Gurleys.....they are just too, too cute!!

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  2. I've never heard them called Gurley's before but I remember them -- they were for DISPLAY -- not to burn which is why, I think, so many survive. What a great memory collection . . . but what interests me most is the clock -- does it have a story? The face so looks like my mantle clock in our master bedroom -- which was a wedding present to my parents in 1942!

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    1. Martha, The clock belonged to my Grandparents. It's a New Haven clock (electric) with Westminster Chimes. The glass face can open to set the hands. I do not have any info about the year they got it, but it was before I was born. It has been here with me since the 80s. The chimes were always such a reassuring sound to me as a kid... all was well with the world because I was with my Grandparents and the chimes were playing.

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  3. I don't have any but my G-Mom-B used to have the choir kids. They are all cute:@)

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    1. Maybe one of your cousins has those now.

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  4. I have never heard of that term but I remember the candles. Is there anything that yu don't collect?

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  5. I'm raising my hand! Yes. I love to collect Gurley candles. Can't get enough of those sweet little things. Your collection is just wonderful.

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    1. Kim, you have so many CUTE ones for other holidays, too. I have kept to Christmas only, at least so far.

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  6. Your Gurleys are adorable! I do not collect them now, but I had some growing up. I appreciate diane b's comment above... "Is there anything that yu don't collect?"...Lately it seems when I am out treasure hunting, I find myself saying "Oh, I have that"... Perhaps I 'collect' more than I realize I do. Since I do use my treasures, aren't I considered a collector and not a hoarder... Smile.

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    1. LOL!! Tami, I have been in your lovely home. Your collections are beautifully displayed and used to educate others. You are NOT a "hoarder". (And neither am I.)
      PS- Have you gifted your husband with a glitter covered hubcap yet? ;-)

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  7. I bought a Gurley white deer yesterday! So now I have TWO Christmas Gurleys! ;)

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    1. :-) Holly, my mom always said three makes a collection. So we need to find you one more! LOL!

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  8. Love Gurleys! I have quite a lot that belonged to my grandmother. Posted about them last December. I rarely find one while thrifting.

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    1. Diane, I just went back to see your old posts about Gurley candles. I've never seen those hobnail milk glass ones before. Wonderful!

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  9. I collect them too! My mom had the choir boys and girls so I think the nostalgia is what got me started! I too have trees, angels, choir boys and girls, santa's, reindeer and even a little eskimo! I've branched out to the "other" holidays as well with witches, pumpkins, easter bunnies, pilgrims and turkeys.

    ~Chris

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    1. I'd love to see them all! I wish your blog had a "search" button on the sidebar so I could quickly locate pics of your gurley candles.

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  10. Yes I do collect them for all the seasons. I really like the Christmas trees for some reason.
    We had them when I was little as my dad worked for Woolworth. Dad still has all of them. I would love to have them someday, but my little sister has spoken for them. Maybe I'll get one!

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    1. How wonderful that your Dad still has them. And lucky sister!!!

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  11. Nice! I have a lot of deer and trees! I also have some carolers and snowmen! :)

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    1. The deer and trees are probably my favorites. :-)

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  12. I remember these! Your collection is so nice. Your photos are so festive. Merry, merry Christmas!

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  13. Such a sweet collection! Love the deer and angels! I just picked up a small red Gurley Christmas tree. My first of these candles! xo Heather

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    1. Oh, it looks like we have another budding Gurley collector here! :-) Heather, I saw a red tree a couple of weeks ago when I was out vintage shopping with Twyla! I'd never seen the Gurley trees in that color before.

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  14. What a nice collection of Gurley candles you have. They look really nice together.

    xo Danielle

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  15. I am quite ashamed to admit I have never even heard of these but they are really cute, especially the deer.

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    1. It's possible they never made it "across the pond". I really love the little deer, too.

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  16. We had these when I was little. I would NOT
    let my Mom light them.
    I may have some still in our Christmas tubs.

    M :)

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    1. You'll have to get them out and share a picture with us! :-)

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  17. Gayle, your Gurley's are arranged so pretty. You have a very nice collection. Lindsey collects them, too. I hope you're having a wonderful Christmas season! Twyla

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    1. I saw some of Lindsay's Gurley snowmen in your Snow Kissed Christmas post.

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  18. I did not know that is what they were called but I do remember them from my childhood.

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    1. I think these must have been very affordable and popular when people our age were kids. My parents had the nativity set. (Which I now have.)

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  19. That's so interesting! We had the angels when I was a kid and I have a few vintage ones that I found a couple of years ago. I didn't know they were called Gurley's! Thanks for the information, Gayle.

    xo
    Claudia

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    1. Gurley was the name of the company that made these. (And the man who owned the company.)

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  20. Trying to catch up on everyone's beautiful posts! Your collection are gorgeous! I really love the deer and trees together, darling!

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THANK YOU for your thoughtful comments. Replies to your questions will be posted here, so be sure to check back soon. Have a wonderful day! - Gayle, Garden Of Daisies