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    Posted 5 months ago

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    Here is a 3 1-4" frosted & sculpted glass raccoon aka fox paperweight or bookend made by Viking Glass in the 1970s, with original label on lower back
    *Note: this item often called either raccoon or fox (possibly arctic fox) in all available online archives

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    1. vintagelamp vintagelamp, 5 months ago
      Raised two baby raccoons after their mother died whenever I was a child, They made wonderful pets!!! Love this little one!
    2. racer4four racer4four, 5 months ago
      A really nice modelling this and I think improved by being satin glass.
      Cutest raccoon I have ever seen. (BTW we don't have them here so I am talking out of my a....)
    3. PhilDMorris PhilDMorris, 5 months ago
      This happy and contented look from a surprising racoon, wonderful !~
    4. Alfie21 Alfie21, 5 months ago
      I'm no photography expert, but I have say that the photos you took are wonderful: the lighting & etc. captures everything about the sculpture!
    5. jojowasthemanfrommars, 5 months ago
      nice job....
    6. LaurenRedmond LaurenRedmond, 5 months ago
      I could have sworn this was an artic Fox! To me he’s got the perfect little foxy face and his color is right for an artic Fox but I guess I DO actually see the raccoon look in his shape- they tend to be compact little creatures after all! His frosted glass look is lovely!
    7. TallCakes TallCakes, 5 months ago
      looks more like a fox to me too, unfortunately this figurine isn't shown on The Viking Art Glass site with their collection of satin glass figurines; but a raccoon is shown and doesn't match this figurine, tho' not sure if they may have marketed multiple raccoon figures, as I find this listed online as both a fox and raccoon...

    8. blunderbuss2 blunderbuss2, 5 months ago
      So doesn't look like a raccoon to me, but what do I know. Maybe a label mix up.
    9. Newfld Newfld, 5 months ago
      Thanks everyone for the thoughtful love

      Thank you vintagelamp for your terrific comment, I'm so glad this reminded you of your pet raccoons & loved the story! They are really cute looking animals, love their B&W coloring & striped tail (alot like the lemur, one of my fave wild animals), but where I live they are usually evening foragers so people don't tame them as much

      Lol Karen, perhaps I am too, as there seems to be a controversy about this piece, which is most commonly labeled raccoon but also fox (maybe arctic). It does have a very cute, sweet face that I think Viking did a nice job on. Thank you for your delightful comment my friend

      Phil doesn't this truly look like a happy and peaceful wild animal, the artist obviously loved its subject. Thank you for your superb comment

      Alfie thank you so much for your great, kind & observant compliments about my photography, you have guessed my goals in taking pictures of these colorless glass animals. My best shots are in partial sunlight so as not to obscure the detailing, I've taken this type both indoors & outdoors (my Viking lion is a good example of the latter) and it seems to work pretty well

      Thanks jojo for your most welcome praise, I'm really glad you liked this Viking animal

      Lauren your perceptive eye is awesome, as the saying goes, by jove I think you've got it! This animal is most commonly called a raccoon but also a fox, so when a commenter claimed the snout was too short for a fox I went with raccoon - but now an ARCTIC fox, that makes more sense because they have that furry neck and sweet face. Then again, there are spaces next to the eyes that could be a raccoon, so oh well! Thanks my friend for your always insightful and wonderful comment

      TallCakes I was hoping you would stop by to shed some light on this animal but I see you've encountered the same raccoon/fox dilemma, and to make matters even more confusing, Viking made a smaller piece often called either fox or raccoon as well (it is usually clear glass, a different design, small and chunky). I've seen all your referenced articles & photos and yes, I know Viking also made a different raccoon bookend, so I've adjusted the title & description to add 'aka fox'. If a fox, I think my perceptive friend Lauren has a good vote for the arctic variety, as it doesn't really have the longer nose & shorter fur of the common fox, but with artistic license only the Viking glassmaker would truly know I expect

      Well BB2, how about a furry arctic fox, is that more likely for you? I can also see a husky dog in this design, but in truth they call it either raccoon or fox, so only the Viking Glass people would have known what the intention was. Thanks so much for your thoughtful comment & remember, there are alot of weird looking animals out there :)))
    10. Newfld Newfld, 5 months ago
      Thank you clockerman for the love for this Viking raccoon, it is very nice of you and always gratefully appreciated
    11. Damonways Damonways, 5 months ago
      Not only did I like the viking animal but the way you lit the subject and the focus control you showed in you pictures...well done ... some of you little friends most likely don't know what a torch key raccoon is down south its...shorter nose , rounder ears ..thicker fur ....sounds something like yours huh... stay safe from the storm..
    12. Alfie21 Alfie21, 5 months ago
      Damonways, thank you for the info about a torch key raccoon down south. I only thought there existed one kind of racoon; with the black mask.
    13. Damonways Damonways, 5 months ago
      Alfie21, we all learn something in this room from each other some good some not safe..'-))
    14. Alfie21 Alfie21, 5 months ago
      Yep. I'm not near the storm, but if you are, you be safe from the storm!
    15. blunderbuss2 blunderbuss2, 5 months ago
      Storm ? LMAO ! Where I live, we have been thru 3 storms of 155+ mph since 1995. Learn to live with it.
    16. Newfld Newfld, 5 months ago
      Thanks guys for your comments

      Damon thank you so much for your super praise for my photos, I did try to play a little with light & shadow, and the raccoon was a nice subject. Thanks too for the info about the torch key raccoon, I googled some pix and it does look very similar to this glass animal so that could be the model for Viking, great info! Also thanks much for your good wishes about the storm, we narrowly missed the hurricane which was downgraded to a tropical storm, so we just got heaps of rain which my husband has a pump for that goes into the sewer, so no flooding thank goodness

      Alfie I see you concur on learning about the torch key raccoon, isn't it great to read & learn from others here on CW, it is a wonderful thing & I appreciate your commenting on this

      BB2 lol, you are a survivor! Living on an island I'm sure you have been thru your share of storms & hurricanes, God bless & keep that great attitude - my northeast island (Long Island NY) gets storms but not nearly the magnitude of yours
    17. Mrstyndall Mrstyndall, 5 months ago
      Adorable little guy!
    18. Newfld Newfld, 5 months ago
      Thanks MrsT & Rob for the thoughtful love it's always gratefully appreciated

      MrsT thank you for your very sweet comment about this Viking raccoon and/or arctic fox, I think it's adorable too & am so glad you liked it
    19. Newfld Newfld, 5 months ago
      Thanks Rob & Michael for the kind love of this Viking raccoon aka fox, glad you liked it & most grateful for the support
    20. Newfld Newfld, 2 months ago
      Thanks Amare & Giana for loving this Viking fox, it's so nice of you both and always much appreciated

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