Chalkware is a staple in most antique stores. Popular figurines were created from the late 18th century up into the 20th century, primarily during the Great Depression and in the Mid-Century Modern era. The earlier chalkware pieces were mostly intended as a more serious decorative art, as a form of religious and devotional art, and later on became more playful. It was even given out as carnival game prizes during the early 20th century, especially during WWII, but was later replaced by stuffed animals. (Also known as "Carnival Chalk.") Since chalkware is heavy and can easily be chipped, it eventually was replaced with ceramic and plastic alternatives in the 70s.
At The NAT, we are in no short supply of chalkware, and we run into plenty of the religious variety. This piece is one of the most unique we've had in store. The reverse-painted glass along with the statue give this piece so much character. Although they look similar, this is not a catholic sick call box, making it even more special. Instead of the bottom opening up to the typical contents of the sick call box, the bottom half has two windows, with a wooden toggle on the side that scrolls through different pictures and text of prayers of the Rosary.
If you're looking for this, or any other type of religious décor, look no further! We have a wide variety in-stock, and would love to show you around!