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Chalkware33 of 201My collection of solid plaster dogs that i have restored.Recent estate find. Unsure of origin
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    Posted 2 years ago

    kwqd
    (623 items)

    This cat is 12" high and about 6" deep. These were copyrighted in 1961 and were decorated in various colors, but most seem to have been black with painted eyes, whiskers, etc. This one is unusual as it has green glass eyes and a silver collar. Made of chalkware and very heavy. A thrift shop find from ten or twelve years ago.

    https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Chalkware

    Chalkware is an American term for popular figurines either made of moulded plaster of Paris (usually) or sculpted gypsum, and painted, typically with oils or watercolors.

    From https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Universal_Statuary_Corp.

    Universal Statuary Corp. was an American, Chicago-based, statue manufacturer.[1] Jack and Leo Lucchesi were brothers that founded the Universal Statuary Corp in the 1930s. Jack ran the business, Leo ran production.

    The company produced piggy banks, plaques and (by the late 1930s) large store displays, including Indian statues for western themed restaurants. In the 1950s, they produced chalkware lamps, usually featuring paired male and female figures, and other home decor that is widely collected today.

    The company employed many immigrant artisans to design the chalkware and plaster figures and produce the statues, lamps, home decor pieces and display advertising figures. Jack's wife was from Guatemala. Universal made a concerted effort to bring Italian and Guatemalan immigrants to America and help them out.

    Universal was also famous for the contract work performed for Sears, Wards and many big advertising firms for their unique 'Point Of Sale' displays and promotions.

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    1. racer4four racer4four, 2 years ago
      I love the geometric design of this cat!
    2. Toyrebel Toyrebel, 2 years ago
      Cool cat! My cousin the ultimate cat lady will love this.
    3. kwqd kwqd, 2 years ago
      @racer4four - If I had another image, I would show the back. The angle are even more evident from behind.

      @Toyrebel - You can still find these on ebay, Etsy, etc., but they are starting to get a bit pricey.

      I have him/her (undecided) sitting behind my computer monitor so I see one green eye and half the body peeping out at me.

      Thanks for loving my chalkware cat!

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    4. Brunswick Brunswick, 2 years ago
      Meow!!!

      Thomas.
    5. kwqd kwqd, 2 years ago
      @Thomas - LOL

      Thanks for loving Mr. Cat!

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    6. kwqd kwqd, 2 years ago
      Thanks for loving my black cat Vynil33rpm!
    7. kwqd kwqd, 2 years ago
      Thanks Justanovice and Vynil33rpm!
    8. Gonavy Gonavy, 9 months ago
      I love this cool looking black cat, I also have a Asian guy chalkware from universal statuary corp. Chalkware from universal statuary corp are becoming collectable since the company was sold and don't produce chalkware anymore.
    9. kwqd kwqd, 9 months ago
      Thanks Gonavy! I like it. It sits on my desk and I am looking at it right now. Hopefully someone will get a good deal on it at my estate sale!

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