Purses, Furniture and Baskets
Fairings were introduced into the American Market from Germany and were sold at town, city and state fairs between 1890 and 1910. They were produced in many different ways such as travel, household items, buildings, family life and other themes.
Many fairings were mass produced while others were used as molds and interchanged with other figurines such as devils or animals.
Some items are featured in a book published in 1994 called "This little Piggy" and is still available today at Amazon.com. While the pricing in this book is from 1992 it is still a great resource for seeing some of the fairings available today.
Here are some interesting links to other types of fairings:
One piggy looks out of the porthole while another perches atop of this ornate basket with a rouge cachet circle. Featured in "This lithe Piggy" its '92 value was $60. 3" x 3". Paid $33. Rare. | Source
Pigs in a purse. This is a quite common and plain version of the pigs in a purse. There are many versions of these purses including some with bears. It has a lovely gilt around the opening. 4" x 3". Paid $38. Common. | Source
Two pigs in a Gladstone Bag. This fancy little bag has gilt buttons and clasp. It features straps while other versions are quilted and some have bears. 4 1/2" x 3 1/4". Paid $41. Common. | Source
These two pigs are at opposite corners of the basket featuring a cachet rouge and quilting on the front. Two bears are featured in "This little piggy" and its '92 pricing was $160. No pricing for the pigs. 3 1/2" x 3 1/2". Paid $22. Common. | Source
This small pig is sitting in a high-backed chair with gilding on the ribbons. I've only seen one other on ebay. 3 1/2" x 1 3/4". Paid $45. Rare. | Source
This is a lovely example of a pig seated in a vanity chair. She looks ready to put on her makeup. Featured in "This little Piggy" its value in '92 was $170. 3 3/4" 3 1/2". Paid $65. Rare. | Source
This little pig is cozying up to this lovely little quilted bag that is highlighted with gilded accents. Featured in "This little Piggy" its '92 value was put at $25. 2 1/2" x 2 1/4". Paid $30. Common. | Source
This lovely bed with a red canvas top just sold on ebay for $105. It has gilded posters and legs and is inscribed with "Good Morning", certainly an addition in the American Factories. I've never seen this fairing before. Rare. | Source