Thursday, July 9, 2009

Figural Statue Miniatures

We are all familiar with the statue of liberty, Abe Lincoln seated in the Lincoln memorial and the large standing Thomas Jefferson in his memorial, but have you ever noticed the other sometime quirky figural human souvenir statues of both famous and fictional people? One miniature metal replica depicts the Alaska Pioneer Statue in Sitka, Alaska. Standing 4.5" tall, the base has written “ALASKA PIONEER” on one edge. Sitting outside the Cass Gilbert-designed Essex County Courthouse Building in Newark, New Jersey, is a statue of President Abraham Lincoln seated on a bench. The statue was recreated by Gutzon Borglum, sculptor of Mount Rushmore. This miniature replica stands (or sits) 4.5" tall with a 3.75 by 2.5" base. It’s made of cast iron with brass/gold finish. Built in 1952, the Wendover Will neon sign towers above the Stateline Casino in Wendover, Nevada. Designed by Pat Denner; the same person who made the famous 'Vegas Vic' Las Vegas sign. Towering 63 feet tall, Wendover Will is in the Guinness of World Records as the 'World's largest mechanical cowboy.’ The Wendover Will souvenir statue stands about 5 inches tall. This 1950's souvenir is unusual and sold recently for $39. A well-made 5.25" tall miniature metal replica of the legendary Colossus of Rhodes statue in Greece has a copper finish. The base of this 1960’s-era reads Metamme Greece. The real Colossus of Rhodes was a statue of the Greek god Helios, erected on the Greek island of Rhodes by Chares of Lindos between 292 and 280 BC. It is considered one of the Seven Wonders of the Ancient World. Before its destruction, the Colossus of Rhodes stood over 30 meters (107 ft) high, making it one of the tallest statues of the ancient world. Near the Pioneer Woman museum in Ponca City Oklahoma, stands a monument to pioneering women of the west. The heroic bronze statue of a young, sun bonneted pioneer mother, leading her son by the hand, striding confidently, head held high—a woman of sturdy beauty and dignity, whose eyes are fixed on the far southwestern horizon. Sculptor Bryant Baker designed the real statue in 1929 which stands17 feet tall and weighs 6 tons. A miniature metal figurine of the statue is 4.5" tall and weighs a helluva lot less. Cast in pot metal with a golden finish, the replica’s base reads “Pioneer Woman” “Ponca City” and “Oklahoma.” There are many statues of Abe Lincoln around the U.S. including a seated Abe Lincoln statue in front of the Essex County Courthouse in New Jersey. A gold-colored pot metal replica was made and comes up on eBay occasionally. Hannibal, Missouri’s two most famous fictional residents are immortalized in a bronze statue. In 1926, the life-size monument to Tom Sawyer and Huckleberry Finn walking shoulder to shoulder was unveiled. A pot metal souvenir replica of the statue stands about 3½" tall. The miniature’s base has their names and on the back it says Hannibal, Mo. Standing in Veterans Memorial Square along Veterans Memorial Boulevard’s median in Metairie, New Orleans, is a 14 ft. bronze statue to Sheriff Harry Lee. A bronze-colored miniature statue was created as an exact replica, right up to the cowboy hat that he is holding in his right hand. This souvenir is approximately 6 ¾ inches tall and the inscription on the front of the statue, which is imprinted on a removable piece of clear heavy plastic, reads “In Memoriam Sheriff Harry Lee 1932-2007.” Do collect souvenir statues along with your building replica collection? Tell us about it via the comments link below.

1 comment:

Anonymous said...

I go for more monuments with statues on them than just the statues themselves. SD

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