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Posted 3 years ago


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These figurines are from Japan, the pre 1950's I believe. My In-Law's brought them back from Japan. My Father-in-Law was stationed in Japan and served in WWII. Is this carved oxen or ivory? I don't know. Help.

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  1. jwendell222 jwendell222, 3 years ago
    Hi, these are molded celluloid figures (a thermoplastic of nitrocellulose and camphor, with dyes). It was originally (from about 1860) widely used, but now rarely because of its flammability. There is a world of these little people doing all sort of things. ‘Dizzydave’ listed a couple of these in ‘Asian’ about 12 months ago. If you Google ‘Japanese celluloid figures’ you will get several hits including ebay and should be able to get a rough idea of the values. The bottoms are sometimes marked with a number (in the case of the Japanese Seven Lucky Gods) or a small logo, and frequently with nothing at all. …Jim
  2. KrazyKatz, 3 years ago
    Thank you so much for the info. I had never heard of that.

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