Taylor & Barrett Donkey, Pre War Britain's Era Miniature Lead Farm Animal
In excellent condition for around 80 or 90 years old this miniature lead donkey was made in England by Taylor & Barrett circa 1930. It measures approximately 3.8 cm, just more than 1" tall.
Just visible this humble little donkey is marked T&B for Taylor & Barrett, and "British Made". These farm animals were made in London from the 1920's through to 1939 when the war interrupted the business. After the war the company split into the two businesses Barrett & Sons and FG Taylor.
The donkey is in very good condition with just some very minor bumps and paint loss, but with legs, ears and tails nicely intact. It is a little less finely made than a Britain's equivalent but still well detailed and full of character.
The figure was made of lead by the hollow cast mould method whereby the molten lead was poured into a mould, the outside would set first and then the inside, still liquid, could be poured out. The molten lead was usually poured out through the nose or snout of animals, as with this one, or the top of the head of human figures, leaving a lighter shell.
NOT SUITABLE FOR CHILDREN
These miniature lead animals are not suitable for use as toys for children but are for adults as collectors or for display. At the time of manufacture the dangers of handling lead toys and paint was not understood. They may also be a choking hazard.
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