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Zinc [?] or Lead Statue of a Victorian lady with a Concerned Look on Her Face

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Victorian Era1686 of 2079Fabulous family of cameo by SauliniRODGERS EP Sheffield salad fork and spoon
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Posted 5 years ago


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Looks like she just made a faux pas or something. This 15" tall and very heavy statue has what i think are traces of an old, mustard paint and GREAT patina! Definitely old. even the undergarments are detailed underneath her, but the feet are broken off. I'm trying to make a stand for her so i can put her in a garden somewhere. Does anyone recognize her? i can't find a signature or anything. One of my neighborhood recyclers brought her to me a few weeks ago.

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  1. ho2cultcha ho2cultcha, 5 years ago
    Is there a simple way to tell the difference between lead and zinc?
  2. fossilhunter fossilhunter, 5 years ago
    The easiest way to find out is get a lead paint check kit from Home depot. It has an ampule that you break to release the test fluid inside a swab type thing. If it turns pink it's lead or contains lead as in the case of paint. Or whatever the directions say, I have seen a few different makers. The test kit is relatively inexpensive. It also shouldn't damage anything, but I would try it on the bottom or some inconspicous spot any way, then simply wipe the spot clean with a damp cloth to remove residue that might cause corrosion later on.
  3. ho2cultcha ho2cultcha, 5 years ago
    thank you fossilhunter. excellent advice!
  4. ho2cultcha ho2cultcha, 5 years ago
    i finally figured out a way to display this sculpture in a garden which i like.
  5. inky inky, 5 years ago
    Looks like she is stomping grapes for wine in that first photo, she's lovely and would like her in my garden!...:-)

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