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Vintage Collection Available!

Walter Bosse Vintage

We recently acquired a selection of vintage new-old-stock items cast in the 1960s in Germany and are now releasing them for wholesale. Due to the vintage sand-casting and hand-finishing methods, every item is slightly different. Quantities are limited so once they sell out, they are gone! Stock sheet available by request, just drop us a line!

Check out the collection below:

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NEW Walter Bosse Necklace Collection!

Walter Bosse Necklace Collection
We are excited to introduce a small collection of Walter Bosse necklaces in our Etsy shop. Each pendant is attached to black plated chain with lobster clasp closure, or adjustable-length waxed black cotton cord. Custom chain lengths are also available! Comes wrapped in a black velvet embossed bag with gold Certificate of Authenticity. More pictures of them below!

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Urban Daddy’s “Look, Austria Made You Something”

Urban Daddy Features Walter Bosse

Great post about Walter Bosse in Urban Daddy’s “The Weekender”. Check out the full post here. Thanks guys!

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They’re Back! Limited Edition Release of Walter Bosse’s Hedgehog Ashtrays

Walter Bosse Bronze Collage

THE SALE IS NOW UP ON FAB.COM!

And now, proudly reintroducing Walter Bosse’s legendary nesting hedgehog ashtrays. Modern Vienna Bronze has released a limited edition of 20 sets of Walter Bosse’s iconic six nesting hedgehog ashtrays, with handmade wooden crates and letterpress-printed certificates of authenticity. These famous nesting creatures have not been available since the 1960s, and now is your chance to own them in brand new condition, straight from Bosse’s original master molds.

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This limited edition batch will be available exclusively through Fab.com, along with corkscrews and a selection of miniatures starting today. Quantities are extremely limited, so get them while they are still available!

 

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Limited Edition Custom Wooden Crates for Walter Bosse’s Hedgehogs

Walter Bosse Hedgehog Boxes
We aren’t able to share as much detail on the Fab sale so we thought we’d share some up close and personal photos of the boxes.

A little bit about the process: Each box is a custom made sliding lid wine box made of solid pine. We fitted the lid with some extra support struts and  hand painted the sides in matte black. The art was done with custom hand-cut Walter Bosse stencils. We think they came out pretty nicely!

Enjoy the gratuitous macro shots!

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Custom Letterpress Certificates for Walter Bosse’s Hedgehogs

Walter Bosse Letterpress Certificates for Hedgehogs

Next up, we thought we’d share some up close and personal photos of the letterpress Certificate of Authenticity cards we produced specially for the upcoming sale.

A little bit about the process: Each card was hand printed with a Heidelberg Windmill on duplexed Eames solar white paper. The back was printed knockout in black and the front was printed with black and gold ink. The gold ink on the logo was then brushed with metallic gold dust, brushed with a feather an left to dry. The result gives it a unique textured metallic finish. Definitely a labor of love but we think it was worth it!

Enjoy more gratuitous macro shots!

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Mimomito’s “The Bosse is BACK”

Mimoto Feature

Many thanks to Rose from Mimomito for posting a wonderful article about our new Hedgehogs! Check out the full post here.

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Bosse’s Hedgehogs on NOTCOT

Walter Bosse Hedgehogs on NOTCOT

Many thanks to Jean from NOTCOT for posting the video of our new Hedgehogs!

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They’re Back! Limited Edition Release of Walter Bosse’s Hedgehog Ashtrays

Walter Bosse Bronze Hedgehog Ashtray, Wooden Box and Certificate Walter Bosse Bronze Hedgehog Ashtrays

Proudly reintroducing Walter Bosse’s legendary nesting hedgehog ashtrays.

Modern Vienna Bronze has released a limited edition of 20 sets of Walter Bosse’s iconic six nesting hedgehog ashtrays, with handmade wooden crates and letterpress-printed certificates of authenticity. These famous nesting creatures have not been available since the 1960s, and now is your chance to own them in brand new condition, straight from Bosse's original master molds.

Check out our little promotional video of the hedgehogs in motion:

Each set comes packed in a custom, solid wooden crate, nestled in shredded paper bedding. The boxes are topped with a sliding slatted wooden lid, and decorated with hand painted hedgehog silhouette and Walter Bosse graphics on the sides. The certificates of authenticity have been masterfully letterpress printed, with hand-applied gold dust on the logo.

Where can I get my Walter Bosse hedgehog set?

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This limited edition batch is available through the Modern Vienna Bronze shop. Quantities are extremely limited, so get them while they are still available!

Walter Bosse Bronze Hedgehog Ashtray and Wooden Box

Walter Bosse Certificate of Authenticity

A note on history and authenticity

In 1952, Walter Bosse moved from Austria, his home since 1904, to Iserlohn in Western Germany. During this period spent in Germany, Bosse was prolific. Myriad new creations were produced, and in the late 1950s, the hedgehog ashtray was born. The revolutionary new design was immediately successful, and Bosse was not able to keep up with demand on his own. He sought partnerships with larger foundries, but his business relationships were fraught with trouble. Some of his suppliers would use his molds without authorization, casting additional models to be sold from underneath him. Others simply created their own facsimiles (with varying degrees of allegiance to the originals). Even the Soviet airline Aeroflot produced their own unauthorized sets as promotional gifts for frequent flyers. Thousands of copycat hedgehog ashtrays flooded the market, with examples identified from Spain, Greece, England, Germany, and Austria. Many of these vintage forgeries are being sold online today using Walter Bosse’s name. Bosse persevered despite the difficulty he had in protecting his work, and continued to sell his own sets. At one point, Woolworths offered Bosse millions in exchange for the right to produce the hedgehogs in mass quantities, but Bosse refused, recognizing that mass production on such a scale would necessarily impact the quality and craftsmanship of the merchandise, and ultimately hurt his name.

Bosse fought hard against the counterfeiters, making tremendous personal sacrifices to protect the integrity of his work and his name. His legal battles set precedents in the protection of copyright and intellectual property for creative artists. We look at this new generation of hedgehogs as an opportunity to honor Bosse’s work and legacy, adhering to the same high standards of materials and workmanship to which he devoted his life.

How to identify a real set of Bosse hedgehogs

Here are some of the characteristics that help to indicate the differences between an original Bosse hedgehog ashtray set and a reproduction:

  • Bosse’s set of hedgehog ashtrays consists of six individual parts.
  • The length of the largest hedgehog is about 115mm.
  • Bosse’s hedgehogs were cast only in brass.
  • Bosse originals were polished and patinated in a manner consistent with those shown in our photographs.
  • The eyes of the hedgehogs are small, concave indentations; many fakes and forgeries feature protruding, convex eyeballs.
  • Many fakes include textured fur on the sides of the hedgehogs; this is incorrect and indicates a copy. The surfaces of original Walter Bosse hedgehog ashtrays are smooth.

As an additional mark of authenticity, our reintroduced Bosse hedgehog ashtrays are marked with “Bosse Austria” on the underside of the largest hedgehog between the front legs.

We are proud to be able to give Walter Bosse collectors worldwide a new chance to own the design that best represents his life’s accomplishments.

More information on spotting the differences between original Walter Bosse hedgehogs and fakes can be found here.

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Les Hérissons Noirs – Behind the Scenes Walter Bosse Hedgehogs Photos

Walter Bosse Hedgehogs Noir

Thought we would share some experimental behind-the-scenes shots for the newly released Bosse hedgehogs, their letterpress certificates and the wooden box. We decided to see how a black backdrop looked so we thought we’d call the set Les Hérissons Noirs.

I think they came out looking pretty classy! We probably won’t be able to use them anywhere but they are here for you to enjoy. What do you think? Better than the white backdrop?

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Walter Bosse Hedgehogs Noir

Stay tuned! This limited edition batch will be available exclusively through Fab.com starting on Friday, May 31st.

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