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I’m a 51-year-old Aspergic CAD-Monkey. Sardonic, cynical and with the political leanings of a social reformer, I’m also a toy and model figure collector, particularly interested in the history of plastics and plastic toys. Other interests are history, current affairs, modern art, and architecture, gardening and natural history. I love plain chocolate, fireworks and trees but I don’t hug them, I do hug kittens. I hate ignorance, when it can be avoided, so I hate the 'educational' establishment and pity the millions they’ve failed with teaching-to-test and rote 'learning' and I hate the short-sighted stupidity of the entire ruling/industrial elite, with their planet destroying fascism and added “buy-one-get-one-free”. I also have no time for fools and little time for the false crap we're all supposed to pretend we haven't noticed, or the games we're supposed to play. I will 'bite the hand that feeds' to remind it why it feeds.

Saturday, December 5, 2015

B is for Bronze

Saw a nice model of a toy lizard the other day which was very good for the type of cheapie-rubber thing it was, in fact it was so good it reminded me of my mother's bronze, which was a great favourite with my brother and I when we were kids, to the point where I mused it might be a copy of the bronze and I commented to that effect...

...and went off to dig out the metal one and photograph it. It's not the same, the pose and detail are different but the treatment of the eyes is similar and they are about the same - true to life - size.

Probably German, I don't know whether it's cast solid bronze or a cold-cast bronzed-resin, it's heavy enough to be solid, and the quality hints at 'hot bronze' but the little holes in the underside [Between the front and back pairs of legs] may be for weighting with lead?

[Next day] Thanks to Paul's Bod's Paul I can now add that it's a Wiener bronze, and was also used by Alfred Dunhill for ash-trays, although this one would have been mounted on a block of pale marble (hence the two mounting holes with a darker marble sphere held in the crook of the tail (hence its odd angle). It is a solid 'hot bronze' not 'yer cheep'o resinous crap'!

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Paul´s Bods said...

Possibly Wiener bronze figures?

Paul´s Bods said...

Definately..I just bunged Wiener bronze Eidechse* into Google Picture search and the exact same poses came up. Made ca.1900..worth a couple of euros.

Hugh Walter said...

Cheers Paul! You're right...and it did originally have the marble ball cradled in it's tail like one of the search-result Lizards! Apparently they were also bought-in by Alfred Dunhill for ash-trays!