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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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52 × BOSSE: Bonus!

So we have finally reached the end of our project. Did you enjoy it? Here are some extra bonus shots that didn’t make it into this year’s posts. What do you think, should we do another year?

Walter Bosse Rabbit
Walter Bosse’s 6040 Rabbit on a log.
Walter Bosse Lion
Walter Bosse’s 6025 lion standing on a mountain.
Walter Bosse Crocodile
Walter Bosse’s 6002 Crocodile on dry earth.
Walter Bosse Heron
Walter Bosse’s 5209 Heron in the leaves.
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52 × BOSSE: Week 52

Walter Bosse Giraffe
Week 52 features Walter Bosse’s BO02 giraffe in the undergrowth.
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