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We were recently asked by a collector if we could explain why there are 2 different versions of this piece. But, before we deal with the topic of the base of the piece, there is another difference exclusive (so far) to this annual edition.

During 1988 (the year that the Woodpeckers were the Swarovski annual edition piece), Swarovski changed their logo from the Edelweiss flower motif to the more well-known Swan logo. This means that the Woodpeckers can be found with either the SCS edelweiss logo or the SCS swan, and of course, the packaging and mirror can also be found in either format. To be an authentic set, everything should match.

As we alluded to earlier, this is not the end of the story because there was a design variation as well. The more common version of the Swarovski Woodpeckers has a frosted base to the tree trunk that the mother and baby Woodpeckers are sitting on. However, the first version of the piece had a clear base (as per the top of the tree trunk on the piece).

We assume that originally the Woodpecker trunk bases were polished after they had been treated to make them frosted. After a while, it is believed that the practice was questioned – after all, why bother to spend time polishing the bases if no-one would ever see them? So it appears that the practice ceased. Therefore if you should find a clear based set of Woodpeckers, you have found yourself a rare piece! This probably occurred while the edelweiss logo was still being applied, as so far, we have not seen a swan logo on a clear based set of woodpeckers. Here are some photos to show you the differences to this gorgeous annual edition.

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