Some of the most common Walter Bosse fakes out on the market right now are a collection items from England. Almost always unmarked, the most common items are giraffes, horses, firehorses, dachshunds, donkeys, cats, gazelles, kangaroo, ducks/geese, and elephants. Sometime in the 1960s/70s a company in England started making copies of a few select Bosse models and even went so far as to try and copyright them. We’ve seen a few marked items and they are most often hand ashtrays and corkscrew. You can even find a patent number of the bottom of some of the items. After doing a bit of research on one of these patent numbers we found it was associated with a generic casting company in England the 60s. They were most likely making these items on the side to make some extra money.
Is my item an authentic Walter Bosse or a copy from England?
Though some of the items are direct copies of Bosse’s work (like the firehorse, elephant and donkey) many are not Bosse’s work at all. In the case of the firehorse, the English fakes just have the tips of the mane and tail polished and not the whole mane or tail. These are also slightly smaller as they most likely cast from a Bosse casting and not the original master. Similar to the Taxco fakes out there, these items were most likely imagined by an artist working for the casting company in the style of the items taken directly from Bosse. These English castings can be identified by their shiny black painted surface, which chips easily. They were not familiar with Bosse’s patina process so they used black paint instead. Any questions? Feel free to ask?
Check out all the fakes below: