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Posted 7 years ago


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These are the oldest I've seen. Found at an auction sale on a wagon pulled from old barn.

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  1. dkinney, 7 years ago
    Found in ND. Was told these were awards for best show? Have had trouble getting appraisal....had a very high number and a very low?
  2. toolate2 toolate2, 7 years ago
    My mother worked for the Holstein-Friesian Association of America in Brattleboro VT sometime in the mid 1940's. They were a national registry for Holstein cows. They probably still exist! It was kind of like what you're familiar with for pedigree dogs. People would register their cows so that they could claim they were "True Type" Hostetein cows... My mother's job was to look at photos that the cows owners would send in and paint the cow's spots onto an outline of a Holstein. Each cows markings were then filed away for safe keeping there at the registry. She thinks these "statues" were sent out then by the registry to the cow's owners having been painted to match each cow. All this for a fee of course!
  3. dkinney, 7 years ago
    Really...that's interesting! I didn't know they were all individually painted to match the cattle! I have looked upthe company...many times, but really have never found much.
  4. Robert R, 6 years ago
    I had a large pair of these, and the bases were signed G. Kawamura, 1923. Gozo Kawamura was a Japanese-American artist who worked on large-scale public sculptures with Frederick MacMonnies. He was commissioned by the Holstein-Friesian Association to sculpt the originals. The large pairs were distributed to American land grant universities, I was told.
  5. toolate2 toolate2, 6 years ago
    The only one I've ever seen... the one that prompted my 82 yr old mother to relate her holstein story... belonged to my neighbor who purchased it at an auction in PA. His wasn't very big. It was maybe 10" long and 8" or so tall. It was made of wood. I know this because one of the statue's horns had broken off and Jim, my neighbor, carved a new one and attached with wood glue. He sold his on ebay. I can't remember what he got for it. I think it was $140.00 I'll ask him next time I see him...
  6. dkinney, 6 years ago
    I do not see a signature on the bottom, but they are stamped by the DISPLAYMASTERS, Inc. of 354 Urbergcliff Avenue Edgewater, New Jersey.
    The base if wood, the sculpture of the cow and bull are something else like a papermachish stuff?...The base on the cow is 10 1/2 inches and the bull base is 11 1/2. They are about 4 for the cow and 5 for the bull wide....and stand 9/12 and 10 1/2 tall. They both have some slight chips on the horns and ears....and the very tips of the tails are gone...along with the "vital" parts of the bull....if you know what I mean!
  7. kburton, 6 years ago
    Hello. My father has been in the holstein industry for about 45 years, and he collects True Types. He has about 20 of these right now. Not all are holsteins, but that's what he mainly collects. These are basically scale-models of important cows from years ago. They were given to farmers by, I believe, the Holstein Association in Brattleboro, VT., for various reasons, but I don't think they were a "show" award. They are made of some sort of plaster, so finding one that is in good shape and in tact is often difficult.
  8. JOHN OLLIER, 6 years ago
    I have got 2 true type models - 1 bull and 1 cow, both stamped 1975 and signed by Ross Butler 73. I had them imported to the Uk from Canada. The cow is perfect, but the bull has slight damage to its tail. Could you please give me an idea of what they may be worth. Many thanks.
  9. hfgraves, 6 years ago
    just found a 1923 true type cow in an 8 condition. this is the first one and is made out of metal. this one is mounted on a wooden base with a prestentation plaque.
  10. Ted Kanakos, 6 years ago
    Hello, New to this type of collectable. Just found two Holstein Friesian models. After checking all other pictures of these cows on Ebay I found that they are all painted alike, just like the two that I have. I think these might have been a promotional item, but as to the actual hide pattern on the cows, I think they were all very similar. Who knows ?
  11. jessie, 6 years ago
    These true type model cows represent what the ideal specimen of the breed should look like. There are different versions out there as the "ideal" cow has changed over the years. These cows are still made today and can be ordered from the holstein association. They are often given away as a prize for 4-H competitions and cow shows. It is possible to have the true type models painted to match the spots on an individual animal, but they have to be custom ordered and it is quite expensive. I am in the holstein industry and almost every dairy farm in my area (Ontario, Canada) has at least one of these models around. They are very collectible and I suspect an older model might be worth atleast a few hundred dollars.

    Hope this helps! See

  12. dkinney, 6 years ago
    Thank you for the information you have given me. I did get alot of information from a representative from the Assocation a couple of years ago, but due to computer issues....the information was lost. All of your comments have been very helpful in knowing some of their history.
  13. Mad Max, 6 years ago
    Robert R is correct - Gozo Kawamura was my grandfather, & was commissioned to make those for use by agricultural colleges as models for the 'perfect' holstein...I believe there were 100 pairs made..?
    There is a museum in Nagano, Japan, where he was born.
  14. bhaber, 2 years ago
    Sounds like it might have been made by my mother's uncle. His name was Eddie Gomez and he owned Displaymasters, Inc in N.J. A lot of his products were for the liquor industry (Teacher's Scotch for example). He was very successful, they were in almost every liquor bar in the country. He also made a few of the early figures for Disney.
  15. Cristinaleescollectcorner, 2 years ago
    I have a true type Holstein Friesian bull the Holstein Friesian association of America Brattleboro Vermont bull but the ears and the horns are damaged. Does anyone have any idea of the value and if there is anyone who could restore it? Thanks for any info you might have.

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