1940s Quiralu or Wend-Al Miniature Aluminium Cow, Britain's Era Farm

1940s Quiralu or Wend-Al Miniature Aluminium Cow, Britain's Era Farm

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An unusual and charming miniature cow with fabulously expressive eyes and face made in England by Wend-Al or possibly in France by Quiralu in the 1940s or 1950s.

Similar to the hollow-cast lead figures of the early and mid 20th century these figures were actually made of aluminium and have an equally characterful but more primitive style.

Size and condition:
This little cow measures approximately 3.5 cm, 1 3/8" tall, just more than double in length. The condition is very good, without damage but some wear to the paint and a small hole in the left side, an irregularity from making, as can be seen in the photos..

Wend-Al was the brand name for the toys made by the Wendan Manufacturing Company. In the late 1940s they acquired the rights to the moulds used by the French company Quiralu and made the toy figures in Dorset England from circa 1948 to 1956. The earlier ones have a base which was removed in later production to save costs. The figures were sold alongside the hollow-cast lead ones and suffered a similar demise with the introduction of cheaper plastic figures in the mid 1950s.

A charming little figure, a lovely addition to a collection of miniature farm animals or to display as an interesting detail in a rustic decor.


These miniature figures are not suitable for use as toys for children but are for adults as collectors or for display. They were made long before current toy safety standards and may include lead in the paint or metal.

The final photos include some other Wend-Al / Quiralu at the time of writing available separately.

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A beautiful vintage cow, beautifully painted. A wonderful addition to my vintage/retro-eclectic home!😍 Thank You!!