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My great-aunt had this in her antique shop and my mother ended up with it. She said that Aunt Doris told her it is a pipe rest. She wants me to try to sell it for her. Does anyone have any info or idea about a value, age, maker, etc.? It looks like it's made of resin, from the material seen where there are scratches and wear. These are front & back views - I have close-ups as well, if desired - and I had to keep the photos somewhat darker in tone to accurately represent the gray-brown colors that predominate. TIA for any help!

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Cute squirrels. Color is not so important as being able to see the details, if you want ID help. If this is resin, that would suggest it is not very old. Resin would not be the best choice for setting a hot pipe down in, and the flat bottom of the depression would not serve very well either.  I have googled "resin squirrels figurine" and not found THESE, but came up with similar animal groupings that are shown holding birdseed.

Thanks so much, Deb - so, here are some closeups ... including the base, which looks like the moon's surface. What would this be used for, do you think, if not a pipe rest? I'm assuming that even with photos that show birdseed, this isn't something that would be set outside for birds. ???

Yes--I would say that it is definitely resin. IMHO, 3 or 4 years of sitting on the porch would not make much of a difference to its "value", and you would have had the fun of watching the birds -- PRICELESS. I think it will be a long time before Chinese resin figurines even fall into the "collectibles" category. Sorry -- I am ready to be proved wrong. Appreciate it for its "cuteness", and marvel at all the work those 45 cents a day workers put into it.

Aha - I didn't think of it being placed on a porch, duh :) since I was still thinking it was from the '40s or so. It must be at least from the '60s or maybe early '70s, since Mom first saw it in the antique shop in the 1970s. Would it be appropriate to list it in a Garden category and call it vintage? And maybe try it at $25 or so? I guess it doesn't hurt to try it, with 50 free listings/month I've done that with other things. Just wondering if $25 is a decent starting point (plus s/h, since it weighs nearly 2 lbs. before packing/boxing). Thanks again!

If this were resin it would have been made recently - in the past 15 years or so. Could it be plaster? What we (antiquer's ) usually call "Chalkware" ? What is written on the label on the base? Is it a manufacturer's label?

Is it heavy or light - approx. Weight? Does it feel smooth to the touch or very bumpy? When you say 60's - 70's it makes me wonder if it isn't an old California Chalkware piece - The shape in the center probably held something that is no longer there? Just trying to help if I can.

It's cute in any case! :)

Hi Vicki - I appreciate any help! I didn't know resin would mean it was that recently made. Huh - hmmmm ... It weighs nearly 2 lbs., and is 7-1/2" long. That label is just the antique store item number. It feels somewhat textured, especially where the top layer is worn away - like on the nails (where it's white). I have several chalkware pieces (Miller Studio, etc.) and it doesn't really feel the same, but the entire piece has lots of detail, so the only place to feel much area that isn't detailed is inside the bowl, or on the bottom. What do you make of the lunar-surface-looking base, anyway?

Another hint is that it almost sounds like a ceramic piece when I tap it with my fingernail - sort of a hollow short ring, if that makes sense. So there was no resin several decades ago? I'm so puzzled by this piece - if it turns out not to be resin, perhaps I'm back to considering that it could be a pipe rest ... since my Aunt Doris was an antiquer beginning in the 1930s, and had tons of books that she used to research her pieces.

Signed - Confused in Kansas lol

Well, I tried to find out exactly when the use of resin began for collectibles, but I'm not finding a clear answer. Think of the stuff you see in the dollar store - that is resin. Now compare that to what you have here.

The bumpy texture of the base on this is from being molded. It's just air bubbles. That's why I don't think it's resin. It could be plaster, pottery, or some other older plastic material. Think lucite.

Even though your Aunt was an old time antique shop owner, you have to realize that things have changed dramatically since the internet came along. Our knowledge base of antiques and collectibles has incresed by leaps and bounds in the last 20 years or so. In the old days antique shop folks basically just had "a good eye" they new what was good, but didn't always know who made it or why it was valuable. This is still true today with "pickers" and old timers who don't use the internet.  I wonder if you could just take this to a local antique mall or shop and see if they can understand what this is made of? I think that's really your first step in determining what this is - lol. I still think it's cute, and I'm really thinking it's plaster or pottery.  Keep us posted. :)


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