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Common Walter Bosse Fakes – England

Walter Bosse England Fakes Collection

Some of the most common Walter Bosse fakes out on the market right now are a collection of 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 corkscrews. You can even find a patent number on 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 in 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?
Walter Bosse Real vs. Fake English Firehorse 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 were most likely cast from a Bosse casting, 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:

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Jonathan Adler’s New Brass Menagerie!

Walter Bosse vs Jonathan Adler Brass Corkscrews

We’re big fans of Jonathan Adler’s brass bibelots!¬†They seem to be very much inspired by Bosse’s older work with his collection of letter openers, corkscrew and shoehorns. It’s great that modern designers are also being inspired by brass. Their company ethics are similar in that they wanted to bring happiness to people through their designs. Don’t they all look like they could be brothers and sisters? Check out the similarities below!

Walter Bosse vs Jonathan Adler Brass LetterOpeners
Jonathan Adler vs. Walter Bosse Letter Openers

Walter Bosse vs Jonathan Adler Brass Shoehorns
Jonathan Adler vs. Walter Bosse Shoe Horns

Walter Bosse vs Jonathan Adler Brass Peacock
Jonathan Adler vs. Walter Bosse Peacocks

Walter Bosse vs Jonathan Adler Brass Bulls
Jonathan Adler vs. Walter Bosse Bulls

Walter Bosse vs Jonathan Adler Brass Hippos
Jonathan Adler vs. Walter Bosse Hippos

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