The second Swarovski SCS crystal figurine in the Caring and Sharing trilogy was the Swarovski ‘Sharing’ Woodpeckers. These Swarovski Woodpeckers would have a special presentation and package that would be very similar to its predecessor, the Lovebirds.
The SCS Woodpeckers had a custom box, which would be so unique, no other figurine would fit in it. The box was primarily silver and royal blue in color. Since the SCS was growing its distribution channels, the packaging would also be available in other languages.
The English Woodpeckers Box that we most frequently see in the USA features a blue top. On all 4 sides, collectors can read the text ‘Annual Edition 1988 “Sharing” – the Woodpeckers.
The multi-lingual Woodpeckers Box is a box that we only occasionally see. This box has the text for “Sharing” – the Woodpeckers in four different languages, depending on the side:
- “Donare – I Picchi” (Italian)
- “Compartiendo” – los Carpinteros (Spanish)
- “Partnershaft” – die Spechte (German)
- “Partager” – les Pics (French)
The Swarovski –assigned part numbers can be found on the rear side in a very small type. The English Swarovski Woodpeckers Box reference number is DO3E871. The multi-languange Swarovski Woodpeckers Box reference number is DO3M881. The Woodpeckers Box can also be found using another reference # DO1X881B (same reference number regardless of the language), which was originally used in the Warner’s Blue Ribbon Books on Swarovski Price Guide.
The foam was specially made to especially protect the SCS figurine. As can be seen in the image, the trunk rests in the largest indentation on the left side. The egg-shaped indentation on the right fits over the mother woodpecker wing and head. There is also a slot in the foam below from the crystal for the mirror.
A special thanks to Jane Warner, co-author to Warner’s Blue Ribbon Books on Swarovski for consulting on the Swarovski Woodpeckers Box article.
Regarding availability and replacement value, the SCS Swarovski Woodpeckers Box is becoming harder to find. One reason is that collectors simply did not keep the packaging. Even for collectors keep it, the Woodpeckers boxes was thin and would easily tear. I did not find packaging boxes for the SCS Woodpeckers in the online auctions, nor at Crystal Exchange America. However, in their last completed transactions, Swarovski Woodpeckers Box in good condition sold in the range of $350 – $500!
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