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Posted 7 years ago


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My uncle found this bust in an old trunk in the corner of his barn. He said it always "creeped him out" when he was little. He said he didn't know where it came from or anything else about it. When he gave it to me, it was a dull, rusty color. It reminds me of the old mermaids that you see on the front bow of pirate ships. She is very beautiful and her dress is ornate with flowers, ribbons and a bird. The bust is plaster, I think. The bust and pedestal are one piece and has the word "Expectation" on a banner just under the figure on the front. The artist signature is "A. Carli". The copyright information on the back of the pedestal says "Copyright 1906 by The Boston Plastic Art Co. Boston, Mass".
Finally, there is a round paper sticker that has this information stamped on it," The Boston Plastic Art Co., Cost......Red, Price......300, No.....144".

I would love to know anything about this piece including any history attached to it, why the word "Expectation", where it might have come from or anything else you can help me with. Thanks.

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  1. officialfuel officialfuel, 7 years ago
    Truly beautiful!
  2. Dizzydave Dizzydave, 7 years ago
    Here is a link on other bust by Carli. Dave
  3. Elaine Bradstreet, 6 years ago
    How old and how much do you think a lion made from the Boston Plastic Art Company, #25 D would be?? Thanks!!
  4. jerseyshore, 6 years ago
    I have the same bust...I bought it in a antique shop or flea market about 25 yrs ago. Mine was spraypainted a garish gold. I bronzed it with a rubbing compound. I like mine alot. Not sure of the value. I think I might have payed $10.
  5. emmamary, 5 years ago
    I also have one named Marie. My grandmother had one named Daphne. They are made of plaster. I am also curious as to their history.

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