These first three shots all came in a lot from a Charity Shop about a year ago and represent one of life's little mysteries - if you are a logically driven person like me - the desire of normal functional humans to go into their local high-street jewellers (we're talking Ratner's or their ilk here, not Hatton Garden!) or 'gift' shop and pay 5, 10 even 15-quid for a small lump of poured resin!
On the right are the last of that Charity Shop lot, I can't tell if they are resin or polystyrene but they were glued together after separate manufacture, to create a vignette almost certainly titled 'the kiss' or something equally mawkish!
While on the left is a 1970's Hong Kong predecessor of the Kinder 'animal family' collectables, sold in gum-ball machines and as carded sets, we saw the cats before on the blog, last Christmas?.
I found this (original - top left) in the street the other day, and not knowing what else to do with it (it's an unmarked lump of ethylene), threw it through the Picasa effect-tools catalogue!
As it was lying near a day-nursery I guess it may have sailed over the hedge, and is probably from a set of similar, simple toys/objects for early-learning dexterity, counting and colour-sorting type play-exercises, bulk-bought by educationalists from suppliers like Galt?
Moving further afield; the larger of the two pairs are vintage Kleeware babies rattles, filled with a pinch or two of small beads and glued together, the smaller two bears are actually naked, the forth type of bear - the bare-bear!
You may well be more familiar with them as flocked bears, where they used to appear in little paper-bags, with a balloon or two and some sickly aphorism or 'life-affirming' slogan on the side of the bag.
These have retained their flock, except for a few patches of ware and their bums, which is where they are hot-glued into their little bags, the first shots were awful, this flock attracts tons of fluff you can't really see until you flash-it under macro. I had to spend 20 minutes picking it all off with a pair of tweezers, so they'd be properly fluffed for their 2nd photo-shoot!
Strictly - the pencil-rubber (eraser) is a cartoon bear, not a teddy-bear but he got in under the radar while I was still formulating the bear rules! He was from Wilkinson's I think, again a while ago now and he may already have appeared on the blog?
The Band has definitely appeared here, but they are amusing so they can return for a curtain-call. The irony - of course - being: bears . . . in bearskins (with their ears sticking-out!). If I find a second set, I'll repaint them in reverse colours . . . black bears in honey-blond bearskins!
The final one may be almost as old as the two Kleeware's, it's PVC, but quite crude and with flaws in, and looks a bit like the old Thomas mule, or babies, I suspect therefore it may be a dolls house accessory of that era, if not that company?