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Prototype Close Shave - with worm to be Raffled

International Collectible Exposition

The HK House of Peers, Harmony Ball Company and Martin Perry
presented the second rare and unique Treasure Jest in a special charity raffle held at the
Medieval Times event, during the International Collectible Exposition in Rosemont, Illinois,
June 26, 1999.

Our second offering, the HK House of Peers is proud to present a
rare prototype version of Close Shave with the worm. (TJHE3).

Close Shave - prototype
Close Shave (TJHE3) Prototype

Released in 1996, these four hedgehogs, in this Close Shave prototype are sharing a worm as a snack. Thought to be a bit much for an early Treasure Jest, the worm was eliminated from production pieces by artist Peter Calvesbert. This prototype shows the worm in all its pink glory.

As with production pieces, the spines of one of the rodents has been shaved from its back by a speeding auto. All four hedgehogs are nestled on top of a bed of leaves scattered with trinkets and trash.

The inside of this box is empty, except for the Harmony Ball Company treble clef logo. Production pieces included a wheel, one thought to be left behind from the speeding auto.

The lid has been signed and dated by Martin Perry, 12 May 99. The base of the piece has been marked HK prototype and signed and dated by Martin Perry, 12 May 99. It has also been signed by P Calvesbert.

Regular production Close Shave was retired October 31, 1998.



(The figures to the right are not part of the raffle)

Close Shave - prototype
Close Shave - prototype
Close Shave - prototype
Close Shave (TJHE3) Prototype

Close Shave - prototype bases
Close Shave (TJHE3) Prototype Bases
Close Shave - prototype interior
Close Shave (TJHE3) Prototype Interior


The HK House of Peers was pleased to announce that this very rare prototype was the prize at our Rosemont 1999 fund-raiser. The winning raffle ticket was drawn at the Medieval Times event.

Each person attending Medieval Times may enter one raffle ticket. Participants will receive the raffle ticket when their Medieval Times badge is picked up during the Rosemont ICE show.

To enter, you must complete the raffle ticket, with a check for $20 made out to one of three selected charities. The charities are: American Diabetes Association or Make-A-Wish Foundation or World Wildlife Fund. Raffle tickets are not transferable and only one per person. Raffle tickets will be then placed in the Copper Cauldron of Chance.

The HK House of Peers officers will accept entries starting on Dealer days (June 24–25, 1999), continuing through Collector day (June 26, 1999) at the Harmony Kingdom booth. Entries will also be accepted on Friday night (June 25, 1999) during the Rosemont Collectors Reception. A table will be set up at Medieval Times to accept entries prior to the drawing.

Martin Perry will draw the winning raffle ticket during Harmony Kingdom's Grand Investiture at Medieval Times. Winner must be present to win.

Medieval Times

On June 26, 1999, the evening script read:

BRIAN: My liege, Martin Perry, please rise and come forth to the podium to draw a name from the copper cauldron. Whoever is selected, if present, will win the "Close Shave" prototype with unusual coiled creatures. Our thanks are due to the esteemed House of Peers for hosting this charity raffle.

MARTIN: (Martin draws from copper cauldron). Sylvia Richards, please rise and come forth to the podium to retrieve your special prize!

And to the podium Sylvia traveled, with the largest smile ever.

Sylvia Richards with the Close Shave prototype

Congratulations, Sylvia!

The following charities will share the $5,640 raised during this special raffle. One-hundred percent (100%) of the proceeds will be sent as follows:

American Diabetes Association® - $1,340

Make-A-Wish Foundation® - $3,100

World Wildlife Fund® - $1,200

Thank you to all participants!

About the selected charities:

American Diabetes Association The American Diabetes Association® is the nation's leading nonprofit health organization providing diabetes research, information, and advocacy. The ADA mission is to prevent and cure diabetes, and to improve the lives of all people affected by diabetes.
Make-A-Wish Foundation The Make-A-Wish Foundation® grants wishes to children under the age of 18 with terminal or life-threatening illnesses. They are the largest wish-granting organization in the world.
World Wildlife Fund World Wildlife Fund® is the world's largest and most experienced independent conservation organization. WWF's mission is to protect nature and the biological diversity that we all need to survive.



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