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Posted 4 years ago


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This set came from the estate of a 80-90 year old woman about 25 years ago,I'm not sure what they are made of,look like maybe resin but not sure,the estate of the lady was items from all over the world,I throught they maybe came from England,hope someone can id them for me,I do a lot of searching but some items I just can't find.

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  1. elainekay42 elainekay42, 4 years ago
    Just an idea but try looking up carnival chalk ware? That could explain the condition. Just a guess. xx
  2. Vintagefran Vintagefran, 4 years ago
    How unusual mssue. I hope you find out more about them
  3. mssue64, 4 years ago
    Vintagefran thanks they are very unusual I've searched the web for a year and haven't found out anything,elainekay42 I will try chalk ware but they are not chalk but thanks for info
  4. elainekay42 elainekay42, 4 years ago
    These have intrigued me too! I have searched the web and drawn a blank. I will keep looking though. :)
  5. mssue64, 4 years ago
    Thank you so much! that's so kind of you,I'm also looking
  6. fixitjmc fixitjmc, 4 years ago
    This may be a bit of a stretch, but bear with me. The underside of the last photo shows some curved striations that look suspiciously like the saw marks lefr when certain types of stone are cut with a diamond wheel. I'm also not sure about the size of these figures, but they look to be identical heights. My brain made a weird little leap and came up chessmen, even though they are not black or white. This would also account for the unusual amount of wear on the paint. If nothing else, they are extremely interesting!
  7. mssue64, 4 years ago
    Fixitjmc,they could be chess figures,never throught of that,but they are not made of wood nor pottery,both are handpainted,look more like a type of resin but again the material is very strange,not chalk,thanks for helping me I could use help finding an answer to this mystery,again thank s alot
  8. TubeAmp TubeAmp, 4 years ago
    O&M Haußer of Germany made toy figures out of Elastolin, a composite material of clay, sawdust, and glue, as late as 1969, then they switched to plastic. Note the figure second from the right:

    Various toy figure companies sold sets in biblical themes, the Crusades, Robinhood, and every subject in between. It's possible these are for something along those lines.

    Speaking of lines, the lines Fixitjme noted to me are seen on the bottom of more recent resin composite cast pieces. I'm drawn to the combination of the casting finished lines and the coin edge that the later Haußer plastic figures have, the combination looks odd to me. It almost looks like someone is trying to make a plastic version look like an earlier composite piece by making a mold with a 1970 toy but cast it in composite. Unfortunately without handling the piece, that is just an incomplete thought at this point.

    It also could be for a nativity set.

    I hope someone solves this mystery.

    T A

  9. mssue64, 4 years ago
    TubeAmp,great info,I will look into this one,really great! thanks so much! hope to clear this up soon
  10. TubeAmp TubeAmp, 4 years ago
    You are very welcome.

    T A

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