As the Swarovski SCS memberships were being offered worldwide in 1988, the need to support multiple languages was a growing concern. Back then, you simply did not find shelved products, instruction booklets, etc with multiple languages on. What was purchased in the USA was English, and what was purchased in Spain was in Spanish. It is MUCH different in today’s world. So when Swarovski offered the SCS membership more regions, it was becoming increasingly necessary to have Swarovski COA documents available for the Swarovski Woodpeckers in multiple languages.
At Crystal Exchange America, we have seen a variety of genuine certificates packaged with the Swarovski Woodpeckers:
The English and English-French variations of the Swarovski Woodpeckers COA are indistinguishable on the front, and include the same picture of the crystal figurine on the inside. The differentiation between the two is whether or not there is the authenticity information in French on the inside left side of the COA. However, the Multi-Language Woodpeckers COA is significantly different. It is more of an accordion-style with a single photo and 5 different languages on the mini-foldouts.
The Swarovski Woodpeckers COA was originally in a square white envelope when it was packaged with the crystal figurine. However, most of the time, an envelope for the certificate is not presently included with the Swarovski Woodpeckers. This original envelope is tissue-lined, and bears the official Swarovski logo on the front side.
The Swarovski-assigned part numbers are generally found on the back panel in a very small font. The Swarovski Woodpeckers Multi-Language certificate is DO4M991. The Swarovski Woodpeckers English certificate is DO4E871. I was unable to locate the Swarovski Woodpeckers English and French certificate number. The Woodpeckers Certificate can also be found using another reference # DO1X861C, which was originally used in the Warner’s Blue Ribbon Books on Swarovski Price Guide.
It is important to remember that the Swarovski Woodpeckers, like all other Swarovski AE figurines, does have a COA that is specific to it. Less knowledgeable collectors and eBay traders have posted online auctions selling their figurine to include the original box and certificate, but the auction picture revealed Woodpeckers with a generic product booklet instead.
A special thanks to Jane Warner, co-author to Warner’s Blue Ribbon Books on Swarovski for consulting on the Swarovski Woodpeckers Certificate article.
If the language of the certificate is important to a client, then I would recommend that this be taken into account when determining a value for the Woodpeckers certificate. The Swarovski Woodpeckers English and French Certificate recently sold on Ebay Canada for under $15. And the Swarovski Woodpeckers Multi-Language Certificate may be more readily available in the Euro community, so checking with a professional brokerage service or eBay sites there would be the best venues for determining a replacement value or obtaining them as they are harder to find here in the USA. The SCS Swarovski Woodpeckers Certificate (English version) can normally be found in the $75 to $150 price range. Crystal Exchange America does have the English version of the Swarovski SCS Woodpeckers Certificate at their store website.