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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.

Wednesday, January 2, 2019

N is probably Not for Nardi

I bought these off a well known dealer, who said he'd been told they were Nardi, but with a face and a tone of voice which said "If you want to believe it too?", and it has to be said there is nothing in the Nardi oeuvre that matches it. It doesn't match the plug-together figures, nor the earlier composition

Therefore - and pending any hysterical updates from TJF or his PSTSM mates - this is an unknown, Italian nativity or 'Precepe' set.

Angel Choir; Archangel Gabriel; Bag Pipes; Bible toy; Biblical Toy; Creche; Creshe; Farm Animals; Holy Land; Horn Blower; Joseph The Carpenter; Krip; Krippen; Little Baby Jesus; Magi; Mary Mother of God; Nardi Nativity; Nativity; Nativity Set; Noel; Not Nardi; Old Plastic Figures; Old Plastic Toys; Presepe; Presepi; Shepherds; Small Scale World; smallscaleworld.blogspot.com; Star of Bethlehem; The First Noel; Three Kings; Three Wise Men; Vignette; Vignettes; Vintage Nativity; Vintage Plastic Figures; Vintage Plastic Soldiers; Vintage Toy Figures; Wise Men;
It's beautifully made, and if I had to pin it on anyone I'd choose the Esci/Italiari/Ital-Hobby/Polistil/Supermodel group or chain, as the colours of the plastic have something in common with some of their kits, as has the material - polystyrene - and the kit-like construction, although that construction has, for the most part, been done at source.

Angel Choir; Archangel Gabriel; Bag Pipes; Bible toy; Biblical Toy; Creche; Creshe; Farm Animals; Holy Land; Horn Blower; Joseph The Carpenter; Krip; Krippen; Little Baby Jesus; Magi; Mary Mother of God; Nardi Nativity; Nativity; Nativity Set; Noel; Not Nardi; Old Plastic Figures; Old Plastic Toys; Presepe; Presepi; Shepherds; Small Scale World; smallscaleworld.blogspot.com; Star of Bethlehem; The First Noel; Three Kings; Three Wise Men; Vignette; Vignettes; Vintage Nativity; Vintage Plastic Figures; Vintage Plastic Soldiers; Vintage Toy Figures; Wise Men;
The camera's flashes (and the age of the set) have rather led to some unrealistic colour-reproduction, but the components come in a light- and mid-tan and a chocolate-brown, along with some marbling on a few of the animals.

In the shot above we have three wise men, while the below image shows the family doing their 'thang'!

Angel Choir; Archangel Gabriel; Bag Pipes; Bible toy; Biblical Toy; Creche; Creshe; Farm Animals; Holy Land; Horn Blower; Joseph The Carpenter; Krip; Krippen; Little Baby Jesus; Magi; Mary Mother of God; Nardi Nativity; Nativity; Nativity Set; Noel; Not Nardi; Old Plastic Figures; Old Plastic Toys; Presepe; Presepi; Shepherds; Small Scale World; smallscaleworld.blogspot.com; Star of Bethlehem; The First Noel; Three Kings; Three Wise Men; Vignette; Vignettes; Vintage Nativity; Vintage Plastic Figures; Vintage Plastic Soldiers; Vintage Toy Figures; Wise Men;
The shepherds in this set have come mob-handed with no less than four individuals, although you could employ three of them as camel-herds, but you'd need to source the camels from elsewhere first!

The upper image is my mock up of a smaller vignette I've seen, made of these, on t'Internet. In the case of that 'budget purchase' (?), the sheep has no base and all four elements are glued to a large'ish steep-sided base moulding in the same dark-brown found in this set and probably from the same tool as the other brown components.

Angel Choir; Archangel Gabriel; Bag Pipes; Bible toy; Biblical Toy; Creche; Creshe; Farm Animals; Holy Land; Horn Blower; Joseph The Carpenter; Krip; Krippen; Little Baby Jesus; Magi; Mary Mother of God; Nardi Nativity; Nativity; Nativity Set; Noel; Not Nardi; Old Plastic Figures; Old Plastic Toys; Presepe; Presepi; Shepherds; Small Scale World; smallscaleworld.blogspot.com; Star of Bethlehem; The First Noel; Three Kings; Three Wise Men; Vignette; Vignettes; Vintage Nativity; Vintage Plastic Figures; Vintage Plastic Soldiers; Vintage Toy Figures; Wise Men;
The vignette on the left here, gives some idea of the one I was describing above, although the sides of this one are geometric and much taller. Marked ® and Made In Italy these are the only real clues, there is nothing on the box; probably reflecting an international issue/release; I've seen them on evilBay often-enough, before now.

The angel is made to be attached to something . . .

Angel Choir; Archangel Gabriel; Bag Pipes; Bible toy; Biblical Toy; Creche; Creshe; Farm Animals; Holy Land; Horn Blower; Joseph The Carpenter; Krip; Krippen; Little Baby Jesus; Magi; Mary Mother of God; Nardi Nativity; Nativity; Nativity Set; Noel; Not Nardi; Old Plastic Figures; Old Plastic Toys; Presepe; Presepi; Shepherds; Small Scale World; smallscaleworld.blogspot.com; Star of Bethlehem; The First Noel; Three Kings; Three Wise Men; Vignette; Vignettes; Vintage Nativity; Vintage Plastic Figures; Vintage Plastic Soldiers; Vintage Toy Figures; Wise Men;
. . . with two long, locating studs as can be seen here (bottom left). I suspect it's the stable building seen on the box, which presumably was available in the same sales-displays, or perhaps packed together with this set in a larger liner?

The animals have been marbled from the two tan-plastics (sheep) or all three colours (the donkey and cow), both the latter also having a slot-in ear/horn section; which is missing on my donkey.

Whether there are two sculpts/cavities of/for the walking sheep, or if its base was cut off for use with the other vignette - I can't say.

A really nice set; does anyone know anything else about it or who made it?

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