Swarovski Dillard’s Issues


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During the 80’s and 90’s, Dillards Department Stores (I’ve only seen these located in the Southern, U.S.A.) issued cute little Bears, a lot of them Holiday editions. Most of these Bears have the Swarovski ‘Trimlite T’ logo.

Among them:

"Swarovski Bear with Tulips

Swarovski Bear with Tulips, Issued by Dillards Department Stores
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Bear with Tulips
a/k/a Terry Bear
Bear with baseball cap holding a bunch of red tulips. Issued for Mother’s Day.
Issued & Retired in 1992

Bear with Bowtie
This Bear has a crystal head and body with arms, legs and bow tie made of gold plated metal.
Size: 1-3/8 inches / 32mm high
It retailed for $15 in 1988. He retired the same year.
The Secondary Market Value is approximately $58.

Bear with Stocking Cap
Issued in 1990, now Retired, his Secondary Market Value is approximately $75.
Size: 1-1/4 inches / 32mm high
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Holiday Hello Snowman

This guy has a goldtone head, hat & arms with a crystal body. He is 1-1/2 inches / 37mm high & bears the
Swan Logo , as he was issued in 1994. He retailed for $15 and his Secondary Market Value is approximately
$45.

Twinkles Holiday Bear
Twinkles has a crystal head and body with gold legs and arms and hat. This bear has one crystal ear (the other presumably hidden by the cap). Black smooth crystal is used for the eyes and nose. The hat forms a loop with a the red ribbon for hanging.
Size: 1-1/4 inches High x 7/8 inches Long x 3/4 inches Wide 30mm x 22mm x 16mm
Twinkles can be found with either the Swan logo, or no logo at all & comes in a special box just for him
Issued in 1990 & now Retired, he retailed for $25. Because of his rarity, the Secondary Market Value for this piece is in the $100 range.

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The Swarovski Trimlite Squirrels


Trimlite was only available in the US and Canada from 1982 to 1988. The T mark is stamped into the metal on each piece. Most came in the Giftware Suite packaging.

The Trimlite Squirrels are highly collectible and sought-after by Swarovski Collectors.

"Swarovski Trimlite Squirrel on Round Paperweight"

Swarovski Trimlite Squirrel on Round Paperweight – Pewter
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Squirrel on Round Paperweight, Pewter

Product #72110
Pewter Squirrel on 60mm Round paperweight in Crystal Cal. Marked with the Trimlite ‘T” logo, it is valued today at approximately $700. It was issued in 1983 and Retired in 1986.
Size: 3-1/2 inches / 89mm high
"Swarovski Trimlite Squirrel on Round Paperweight"

Swarovski Trimlite Squirrel on Round Paperweight – Gold
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Squirrel on Round Paperweight, Gold

Product #72110
Gold Squirrel on 60mm Round paperweight in Crystal Cal
Size: 3-1/2 inches / 89mm high
Logo: T
MRP: $95
Current Value: approximately $700
Issue Date: 1983 / Retired 1986

 

Squirrel on Atomic Paperweight, Gold

9401/G
Gold Squirrel on Atomic Paperweight
Size: 4 1/2 inches tall
This squirrel is similar to the 72110 Squirrel paperweight, however it is sitting on top of an Atomic paperweight instead of a round one. Available in both pewter (9401/P) and gold (9401/G) colors. This sold for $95 in 1982; today it is valued at approximately $800. It retired in 1986 and is marked with the Trimlite ‘T” logo.

Squirrel on Atomic Paperweight in Pewter

9401/P
Pewter Squirrel
Size: 4 1/2 inches tall
Logo: T
MRP: $95
Current Value: approx. $800.00
Issue Date: 1982 / Retired 1986

Squirrel

50/8G / 52508
This Trimlite Squirrel is part of the Crystal Animation series, introduced in 1983 and Retired in 1988.
He retailed for $25 and is currently valued at approximately $150.
Size: 2 inches / 50mm high
Logo: T

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The Swarovski Koalas


Koala

Koala (Photo credit: jcoterhals)

The first Swarovski Koala was introduced in 1987, followed by the Mini Koala in 1989;  both were made in left and right-facing variations so today, there are four different variations of these two issues. All are retired, and the left-facing mini koala commands more money on the secondary market.
The Swarovski Koala facing left was manufactured in Europe. His ears are set lower on his head and his shoulders are rounded with a straight edge for the paws.  The right facing one was manufactured  in the US. His ears are set much higher on his head. He has a straight edge at the shoulders and his paws are rounded.  The arm stone was simply put on in a reverse direction for each issue.

For the Mini Kaolas, the story is that they were mistakenly assembled in the opposite direction here in the U.S. than those manufactured and assembled in Europe.  By the second year of production, they were all manufactured facing right, and the facing left variation was ‘discontinued’ in 1990.  Because the error occurred here in the US, the left facing mini koala was only available to purchase in the US, and that’s why it commands a higher price on the secondary market.  Be sure to compare the crystal figurine to the label on the box to ensure that the label shows a left facing one.

In 2009, a pair of Koalas, mother and baby with a Matte crystal base were issued. Koala mother is clear crystal, baby is Golden Teak crystal, and they are currently available.

The Trimlite product line also produced highly sought after Koalas in 1983, known as the Koala on Ball Paperweights, one in Gold and one in Pewter. Koalas, Mother and Baby, stand 3 1/2 inches high on a 60mm round paperweight. They are marked with the Trimlite “T”, introduced at an issue price of $95. Today, on the secondary market, you can pay as much as $900 each or more for them. They both retired in 1986.

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Swarovski Trimlite Acorns and Pineapples


The Swarovski Trimlite Acorns were issued in the “Pineapples and Acorns” grouping.  There were two different sizes.  The small Trimlite Acorn has a clear nut with gold-tone trim on the leaves, measuring approximately 1.25 inches in length.  The original retail price was $25.

The Large Trimlite Acorn is about 2.5 inches in length.  It also has a clear nut with gold-tone trim for the leaves. The original retail price was $50. There are more gold-tone layers on the large acorn cap than on the small one.

Both Acorns were introduced in 1980 and retired in 1988 and both have the Trimlite T logo imprinted on the gold leaves, but it can be difficult to find.

Swarovski issued 3 Trimlite Pineapples in Small, Medium and Large; all 3 were issued in 1985 and retired in 1988.

The small pineapple has a single crystal 1″ (25mm) in diameter serving as the fruit. The leaves on top and the base on the bottom are in gold-tone. It measures 2-1/4 inches High x 1-1/2 inches Wide (58mm x 40mm), and is marked with the Logo: T.  It retailed for $30.

The medium pineapple has a single crystal 1-1/2″ (35mm) in diameter serving as the fruit. The leaves on top and the base on the bottom are in gold-tone, marked with the T logo, measuring  2-7/8 inches High x 1-1/2 inches Wide (73mm x 35mm). It retailed for $50.

The large Pineapple is 3-1/4 inches & 82mm high, & marked with the T logo. It retailed for $70.
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The Swarovski Trimlite Frosty Friends


The Trimlite Frosty Friends have a much different look than most Trimlite pieceswe have written about in the past. Unlike most of the Trimlite product line, the ‘Frosty Friends’ have no gold-tone trim surrounded by crystals, but were produced using a single crystal component.

The top half is frosted crystal and the bottom half is molded in faceted crystal.

There are five critters that make up the Frosty Friends theme group, and each of them measure 1” to 1.5” in height.

Frosty Friends Chick – 52603, (shown) a frosted bird, hatching from a clear faceted egg.
Duck– 52601, a frosted duck atop a clear faceted base.
Fish – 52602 a frosted fish atop a clear faceted base.
Owl – 52605. The owl is the only figurine to have colored, faceted eyes; the others have tiny black eyes.
Sparrow – 52604 – a frosted bird atop a clear faceted base.

All the Swarovski Frosty Friends were introduced in 1985, retailed for $20 each, and retired in 1988.None of them appear to have a Swarovski logo.

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The Trimlite ‘Gnomes’


In the Swarovski Trimlite product line, figurines known as “The Gnome Family” were introduced as far back as 1983 and 1985.  Swarovski demonstrated skill in the execution of gnomes – delightful little figurines with round crystal bellies and goldtone faces, pointed goldtone hats, arms, hands, legs & feet.
  • Trimlite Gnome Brother Playing Horn
  • Gnome Dancing Daughter
  • Gnome Laughing Brother
  • Gnome Laughing Sister
  • Gnome Mama
  • Gnome Papa

Gnome Papa and Mama are the tallest figurines in size at 3.5″ tall.  All the Trimlite Gnome children: Dancing Daughter, Laughing Sister, Brother Playing Horn, and Laughing Brother are smaller, measuring 2.5″ high.

Interestingly, the gnome children were issued BEFORE the gnome parents.  The children were introduced in 1983 at a retail price of $25 each.  They retired in 1988.
The gnome parents were issued in 1985 at a retail price of $50 each and also retired in 1988.
Today, any one of these charming little gnomes can cost you up to $300 each on the secondary market.

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