About

Precious Moments Market Place began in 2015 as a online market, selling hard-to-find and/or retired Precious Moments items. We strive to provide a stress free and enjoyable online shopping experience. All of our merchandise is in good condition, free of dust, scratches, chips and we guarantee they have been in a smoke free environment.

Beginning of Precious Moments

The world of Precious Moments began in 1974 when creator Sam Butcher started drawing teardrop-eyed figurines as gifts for family and friends. The figurines strive to make the world better by spreading the message of love and faith. They have brought joy and laughter to millions of collectors from all over the world.

In the 1970s Sam Butcher began a new company called Jonathan & David. Sam would draw the Precious Moments images to go on a line of cards and posters where his company would then sell them. Due to the success of these drawings, Sam was approached by the Enesco Corporation to develop a 3D version of the drawings in porcelain.

The company started off doing only 21 figurines. Now, they have expanded to thousands of figurines and to other types of materials, likes towels, wedding cake toppers, stickers and many more. They have produced well over 2,500 figurines.

Four times a year, Precious Moments, INC creates 25 to 40 new figurines. Throughout the year some figurines may be suspended or retired. After a figurine is retired, the mold is broken, it will never be produced again and withdrawn from production.

Due to popularity of Precious Moments franchise, in 1989 the Precious Moments Park opened in Carthage, Missouri. It has welcomed approximately 400,000 visitors every year.

Production Marks

They are special marks that appear on the underside of the base of a figurine. The name of the figurine, along with model number and logo can also be found next to the production marks. These marks help a collector determine the age of a particular figurine.

IMAGE SYMBOL YEAR MEANING
None Unmarked pre-1981 n/a
Triangle Triangle 1981 The Holy Trinity – Father, Son and Holy Spirit
Hourglass Hourglass 1982 Represents the time we have on earth to serve the Lord
Fish Fish 1983 Earliest symbol used by believers of the early church
Cross Cross 1984 Symbol of Christianity
Dove Dove 1985 Symbol of love and peace
Olive Branch Olive Branch 1986 Symbol of peace and understanding
Cedar Tree Cedar Tree 1987 Symbol of strength, beauty and preservation
Flower Flower 1988 Represents God’s love for his children
Bow & Arrow Bow & Arrow 1989 Represents the power of the Bible
Flame Flame 1990 For those who have gone through the fire of life and found comfort in faith
Vessel Vessel 1991 A reminder of God’s love which flows through the vessel of life
G-clef G-clef 1992 Symbolizes the harmony of God’s love
Butterfly Butterfly 1993 Represents the rebirth of man who comes from darkness into light
Trumpet Trumpet 1994 Loving, caring and sharing; signifies a battle cry and a herald of victory
Ship Ship 1995 Symbolically portraying a message of hope in the Bible
Heart Heart 1996 Symbol of love
Sword Sword 1997 Represents that the Word of God is sharper than any two edged sword
Eyeglasses Eyeglasses 1998 Symbolizes Precious Moments’ 20th year and its lasting vision
Star Star 1999 Represents the star that showed others where baby Jesus was born
Cracked Egg Cracked Egg 2000 Symbolizes the new millennium and a new beginning
Sandal Sandal 2001 Represents our journey with the Lord
Cross in Heart Cross in Heart 2002 Symbolizes the importance of faith in a person’s heart
Crown Crown 2003 Represents glory, dignity and sovereignty
3-Petal Flower 3-Petal Flower 2004 Each petal symbolizes part of the message “loving, caring and sharing”
Loaf of Bread Loaf of Bread 2005 Jesus called himself the Bread of Life in John 6:35
House House 2006 The house of the Lord is mentioned in Psalm 122:1-2
Hammer Hammer 2007 God is the builder of everything as described in Hebrew 3:4
Stylized Heart Stylized Heart 2008 Represents the importance of guarding one?s heart
Sheaf of Wheat Sheaf of Wheat 2009 A necessary ingredient to making bread; Jesus is the Bread of Life
Tree Tree 2010 A tree grows and can bear fruit in season as mentioned in Psalm 1:3
Scroll Scroll 2011 Each person leaves a legacy as an inheritance
Box with Bow Box with Bow 2012 Serves as a reminder as to why we give and the importance of love
Flame Flame 2013 Loving reminder that you are never alone; Jesus is the light of the world
Chapel Chapel 2014 Celebrating the Precious Moments Chapel’s 25th anniversary
Angel on Cloud Angel on Cloud 2015 For He will command His angels concerning you… Psalms 91:11