More Bisque from Old Molds Already in the MarketBy Mark Chervenka
More Bisque from Old Molds Already in the Market
Bisque figures made from old molds were found in the market. New figures are marked "Germany" with impressed lettering and four digit numbers just like original figures made from ca. 1880 through the 1920s.
New pieces arrive with a blue backstamp of the importer but the new mark is easily removed leaving only the permanent impressed marks. Since new figures carry the same permanent markings as old, markings are not a reliable test of age. The finish on new figures is slightly rougher than original surfaces, but new figures can easily be smoothed using common household items. Holiday figures, comic characters and Kewpies were also expected to be reproduced.
The new figures are made in Germany. Makers claim they own over 30,000 original molds. Prices for new mermaids average $45 each; new bathing beauties average $65. Comparable originals sell for $125 to $225.