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PostSubject: Soldier identification   Thu Apr 30, 2015 10:33 am

Hi
I was wondering if anyone knew who made this and when.

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Not Seen this type of shaped base before. Arms move together.

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PostSubject: Re: Soldier identification   Thu Apr 30, 2015 10:50 am

What a charming model cheers

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PostSubject: Re: Soldier identification   Thu Apr 30, 2015 11:08 am

It was made by the US based (132nd Street, New York City) company Comet, who were in business circa 1938/39 to 1941, then the war intervened, and they continued post-war under a new brand name (which I think you already know), Authenticast, later also with a factory in Ireland.
This figure is from one of their American War of Independence sets.
The odd shaped base is a Comet products characteristic.

You need to buy a copy of the book 'Collecting American-Made Toy Soldiers' by (the recently deceased) Richard O'Brien. It is a huge 717 page, A4 sized paperback, and well worth its usual modest price.


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PostSubject: Re: Soldier identification   Thu Apr 30, 2015 12:23 pm

Many thanks. To be honest I was going with a French maker. Wrong direction. Starting to build up my reference books as we speak and will look out for the one above. Newest reference book to my collection is 'The Great Book of Britains' by James Opie. My borrowed copy was very good so made the outlay for my own.
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PostSubject: Re: Soldier identification   Thu Apr 30, 2015 4:13 pm

Congratulations,  a interesting figurine

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PostSubject: Re: Soldier identification   Thu Apr 30, 2015 6:58 pm

@widukind wrote:
Congratulations,  a interesting figurine

That's where a lot of the interest is in collecting vintage figures, especially unmarked unknown ones.

A lot of them are like this, frankly a bit rubbish in both modelling and paintwork, but it is "the thrill of the chase" researching who made it, when, where, and in some cases, "What is it supposed to be?"
In this case a light infantryman under the command of American General Lafayette in the 18th century War of Independence.
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