What is this odd little figurine?
September 13, 2016 6:36 PM   Subscribe

My best friend was recently helping a relative in New York State clean out an attic, and came across this this odd figurine. It's 2.5 inches tall, the base is 5/8" across, and it feels heavy -- the actual weight is 70 grams. The ring around the neck is loose, not attached.

The house was built in 1875, but the figurine could be older. There are no markings on the base, but a little of the green has flaked off. It's metal, whatever it is. Any ideas? My friend is not a MeFite, but I'm happy to pass along additional questions to her!
posted by sarcasticah to Grab Bag (7 answers total) 1 user marked this as a favorite
 
This image on Pinterest seems to be a fairly close match. The caption for the one on Pinterest says it's a 'Hagenauer WHW Art Deco Bronze.'
posted by Wobbuffet at 6:45 PM on September 13, 2016 [1 favorite]


And here's one on Etsy (but with less patina).
posted by belladonna at 6:49 PM on September 13, 2016


And here's another similar one, dated from the 1950s.
posted by mochapickle at 6:52 PM on September 13, 2016


Werkst├Ątte Hagenauer Wien "was a family business in Vienna that produced fine, handcrafted objects for decoration and use over its nearly ninety-year history. The workshop closed in 1987 but the company's retail premises, opened in 1938 on Vienna's Opernring, survives today as a museum and shop."
posted by MonkeyToes at 6:54 PM on September 13, 2016 [2 favorites]


And take a look at WHW's history page, which includes an image of a similar figure.
posted by MonkeyToes at 6:56 PM on September 13, 2016


Those do look very similar!
posted by sarcasticah at 9:14 AM on September 14, 2016


She's going to contact the museum and see what they say. Thanks, MonkeyToes!!
posted by sarcasticah at 10:16 AM on September 14, 2016


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