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PostSubject: Vintage Japanese Figurines   Sat Sep 12, 2015 10:02 pm

Earlier this year a acquired a vintage Japanese horse from a flea market, which I donated to Susanne now. I actually have no idea what it is, but I do like to know Very Happy So here's the little horse:

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Susanne's photo shows that it's marked with 'Japan 4'

I also found a black variation of the horse and a black Schnauzer on a Dutch auction site:

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The photo from the seller shows that this horse is marked with 'Japan 2'

After a bit of search work I also found a white variation on eBay:

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Unfortunately this is the only picture of the white horse, so I don't know if there's another number marked on this one as well. The seller states:

White Horse Seller wrote:
Vintage Miniature White Horse in Rubber-Like Vinyl.  Manufacturer is unknown.  it is marked Made in Japan which would probably date it from late 1940s to 1950s.  Vinyl has some soiling with some red light red staining. Stands about 1-1/4" or 45mm at the head.

Okay, so 3 different horses and one dog so far. Does anyone has these or other figurines? Or does anyone know more about them?

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PostSubject: Re: Vintage Japanese Figurines   Sat Sep 12, 2015 10:25 pm

I found another brown horse ([You must be registered and logged in to see this link.]) and two more black ones ([You must be registered and logged in to see this link.] and [You must be registered and logged in to see this link.]) on eBay, but nothing new. I'll continue my search tomorrow [You must be registered and logged in to see this image.]

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PostSubject: Re: Vintage Japanese Figurines   Sat Sep 12, 2015 10:54 pm

Amazing that you can find so many !!! I have never seen them before Shocked

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PostSubject: Re: Vintage Japanese Figurines   Sat Sep 12, 2015 11:10 pm

Julie, your passion is incredible! Also, you are a fantastic researcher. This kind of work is very interesting and maybe it is just the tip of the iceberg. I think the best way is to ask these sellers. It won't be hard for them to tell which number is marked in these figures. I hope you or someone can find more information. Very Happy

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PostSubject: Re: Vintage Japanese Figurines   Sun Sep 13, 2015 1:54 pm

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Amazing that you can find so many !!! I have never seen them before Shocked

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Julie, your passion is incredible! Also, you are a fantastic researcher. This kind of work is very interesting and maybe it is just the tip of the iceberg. I think the best way is to ask these sellers. It won't be hard for them to tell which number is marked in these figures. I hope you or someone can find more information. Very Happy

Thank you, Roger! It's so great to find things out like this bounce Very Happy I contacted all the eBay sellers and I'll post any replies in this topic Very Happy

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PostSubject: Re: Vintage Japanese Figurines   Sun Sep 13, 2015 6:54 pm

Great catch and very very interesting to see old japanese stuff :)

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PostSubject: Re: Vintage Japanese Figurines   Sun Sep 13, 2015 7:09 pm

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Julie, your passion is incredible! Also, you are a fantastic researcher. This kind of work is very interesting and maybe it is just the tip of the iceberg. I think the best way is to ask these sellers. It won't be hard for them to tell which number is marked in these figures. I hope you or someone can find more information. Very Happy

Thank you, Roger! It's so great to find things out like this bounce Very Happy I contacted all the eBay sellers and I'll post any replies in this topic Very Happy

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PostSubject: Re: Vintage Japanese Figurines   Sun Sep 13, 2015 7:10 pm

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Great catch and very very interesting to see old japanese stuff :)

I really hope we can find some more information about them Smile




I just had a reply from an eBay seller from one of the black horses. She wrote the following:

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The only marking I'm finding is the Japan on the black one.

The black horse from the Dutch auction site was marked 'JAPAN 4'. I had hoped that all different colours would have been marked with the same number, so the brown one with 2, the black one with 4, etc. But it seems that this isn't the case. Now I'm really curious about the numbers on the other horses scratch

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PostSubject: Re: Vintage Japanese Figurines   Mon Sep 14, 2015 10:06 am

I have another reply, this time from the seller of the white horse. He/she writes:

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This one says Japan 1. I suspect it may be a mold number. it is not uncommon to number the various cavities in a mold.

So this is promising again Very Happy Now we have:

1. white horse
2. black horse
4. brown horse

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PostSubject: Re: Vintage Japanese Figurines   Mon Sep 14, 2015 2:38 pm

Julie, the super detective cheers

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PostSubject: Re: Vintage Japanese Figurines   Mon Sep 14, 2015 5:24 pm

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Julie, the super detective cheers

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I have another reply from an eBay seller from a brown horse. He says:

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Mine says Japan 3, I hope that helps.

I had hoped that every colour variation had its own number, so we knew there are at least 4 different colour variations. But now it seems more like it are just mold numbers. I have so far:

1. white horse
2. black horse
3. brown horse
4. brown horse
x. black horse

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PostSubject: Re: Vintage Japanese Figurines   Mon Sep 14, 2015 9:00 pm

Are both brown horses identical? Maybe not. scratch
Whatever it means, it is interesting. :)

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PostSubject: Re: Vintage Japanese Figurines   Mon Sep 14, 2015 9:05 pm

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Are both brown horses identical? Maybe not. scratch
Whatever it means, it is interesting. :)

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It looks quite the same as Susanne's brown horse, but it's hard to say because of the different lighting on both photographs Wink
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PostSubject: Re: Vintage Japanese Figurines   Mon Sep 14, 2015 10:05 pm

Yes, it will be hard to tell. scratch

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PostSubject: Re: Vintage Japanese Figurines   Mon Sep 14, 2015 10:09 pm

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Yes, it will be hard to tell. scratch

I guess I just have to keep searching for them on eBay and ask sellers about the markings, until someone finds out what brand they are Laughing All the vintage Japanese brands I can find, produced tin toys, but not rubber/vinyl toys scratch

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PostSubject: Re: Vintage Japanese Figurines   Tue Sep 15, 2015 12:41 am

Although there's no apparent sign of it...they all look as if they might have been flocked, or designed for/meant to be flocked at some point? Are they solids of blow-mouldings?

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PostSubject: Re: Vintage Japanese Figurines   Tue Sep 15, 2015 9:21 am

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Although there's no apparent sign of it...they all look as if they might have been flocked, or designed for/meant to be flocked at some point? Are they solids of blow-mouldings?

I don'øt think they have. They are rather soft, solid rubbery plastic, - I am not sure flocking would attach well scratch

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PostSubject: Re: Vintage Japanese Figurines   Tue Sep 15, 2015 7:15 pm

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Although there's no apparent sign of it...they all look as if they might have been flocked, or designed for/meant to be flocked at some point? Are they solids of blow-mouldings?

I don'øt think they have. They are rather soft, solid rubbery plastic, - I am not sure flocking would attach well scratch

No...it's usually blow-moulds for some reason! But they looked like it!

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PostSubject: Re: Vintage Japanese Figurines   Mon Oct 26, 2015 7:51 pm

A few more, I doubt they're of the same series. Unfortunately I don't have much information.

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PostSubject: Re: Vintage Japanese Figurines   Mon Oct 26, 2015 8:58 pm

They are SO cute cheers
I love the naivist style, - arrrhw, look at that tiger cheers
And the little dog Very Happy Very Happy
Funny how the lion's face reminds me of a traditional paper-dragon, - wonderful Wink

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PostSubject: Re: Vintage Japanese Figurines   Tue Oct 27, 2015 3:11 am

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A few more, I doubt they're of the same series. Unfortunately I don't have much information.

These look like blow-moulded celluloid figurines Incha? Hollow and very lightweight?

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PostSubject: Re: Vintage Japanese Figurines   Tue Oct 27, 2015 3:22 am

Haha, wow, these models definitely have a style  cheers
Japanese..vintage...but for shure unique  Very Happy
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I love the naivist style, - arrrhw, look at that tiger cheers
Haha, this tiger is the craziest rock star afro ... with exactly 4 strips .. scratch .. lol!

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PostSubject: Re: Vintage Japanese Figurines   Tue Oct 27, 2015 8:27 am

Incredible find Applause How tall are they?

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PostSubject: Re: Vintage Japanese Figurines   Tue Oct 27, 2015 8:59 am

What a development in the figurines of Japan :), a very interesting and rare catch!

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PostSubject: Re: Vintage Japanese Figurines   Wed Oct 28, 2015 11:48 pm

Thanks Luis,! That's surely interesting! Very Happy
They have more or less the same generic shape, pose and style! Shocked

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PostSubject: Re: Vintage Japanese Figurines   Thu Oct 29, 2015 8:26 am

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What a development in the figurines of Japan :).....

That is so true  cheers Laughing

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PostSubject: Re: Vintage Japanese Figurines   Thu Oct 29, 2015 5:06 pm

Certainly they are made in celluloid. Their measures are 2 cm tall and 4 cm long. Another picture for comparison size.

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PostSubject: Re: Vintage Japanese Figurines   Sat Oct 31, 2015 8:07 pm

Very small indeed! Shocked

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