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    Posted 5 years ago

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    This artifact seems to be a 1930-40's-era tourist souvenir of Seattle, Washington, home of Boeing Aircraft Corporation. This small (~2.5 inches wide by ~3 inches high) bronze statue depicts what looks like a Boeing P-26 Peashooter fighter of the 1930's with US Army Air Corps markings. Originally obtained on eBay in 2012.

    I would love to confirm the era and original source of this souvenir (other than from Seattle!). Please feel free to contact me if you have any clues!

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    1. PhilDMorris PhilDMorris, 5 years ago
      U.S. and German area countries also made these mementoes, they made a lot of these small items and sold them also in upscale jewellery stores during the war. Nice one !
    2. ohmyflyguy, 4 years ago
      I can at least help with the airplane. This is a Boeing YF7B-1. This prototype was created in 1933 and most likely given by Boeing to some dignitaries in attempts to gain favors. Due to the relative complexities in the item's artwork , it was probably produced by A.C. Rehberger (Chicago) or Dodge Trophies (Chicago & Los Angeles). Both companies had mastered intricate metal castings. Dodge trophies manufactured the Oscar trophies for almost 60 years.
      Regards, Tom Sanders (SANDMAN OVERHAUL)
    3. Tobanaviator Tobanaviator, 4 years ago
      Tom (ohmyflyguy), I think you may have solved part of the mystery! It took quite a while to find the YF7B-1 on the internet, yet I did find it as the XF7B-1 (aka P-29) thanks to wikipedia. I I do agree that its lines do more closely match the aircraft than the P-26. I'm puzzled by the fact that it is marked "Seattle Wash" and has no reference to Boeing. Thanks also for the references to the possible producers, I will certainly follow up on those. Thanks!

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