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chase33

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iconnumber posted 03-28-2011 10:02 PM     Click Here to See the Profile for chase33     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
Hey all,

I bought my first Kirk Stieff miniature today and really love it. It is a rabbit and measures 1 1/8" tall on a round wood base. I'm sure I have seen others but can't remember which ones I have seen. Does anyone have any information on these, like when they were produced and what animals were made?

Thanks

Robert

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agleopar

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iconnumber posted 03-29-2011 08:44 AM     Click Here to See the Profile for agleopar     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
Sorry no info on them but just wanted to say thanks for posting it and looking forward to seeing more. I have seen very few things like this in the US but in England I know 3 modelers doing things like this - one of the best is Sarah Jones, silversmith. She ran a workshop and 2 stores back in the 70's-80's and modeled whimsical animals.
Sarah Jones Silver

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Paul S

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iconnumber posted 04-05-2011 07:23 PM     Click Here to See the Profile for Paul S     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
I've had a number of these. Dogs are the most popular. My guess is a lot of these are heading to the fire as they are solid sterling and very heavy for their size...hopefully I'm wrong

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Paul S

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iconnumber posted 04-05-2011 07:24 PM     Click Here to See the Profile for Paul S     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
A few more-

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Paul S

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iconnumber posted 04-05-2011 07:39 PM     Click Here to See the Profile for Paul S     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
Plus a couple of more-

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chase33

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iconnumber posted 04-05-2011 07:51 PM     Click Here to See the Profile for chase33     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
Hey

Cool pieces. Are all of those Kirk pieces or different makers?

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Paul S

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iconnumber posted 04-05-2011 08:31 PM     Click Here to See the Profile for Paul S     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
These are all Kirk. Cartier also made similar animals.

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Marc

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iconnumber posted 04-06-2011 12:02 AM     Click Here to See the Profile for Marc     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
Hi guys..

Kirk stopped making the unmounted cast figures in the late 1970's. I remember, because when I went into business in 1980,
they had already ceased production.

As to the mounted pieces, I do not know when kirk stopped making them, but it was sometime later.

Marc

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chase33

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iconnumber posted 04-06-2011 09:25 PM     Click Here to See the Profile for chase33     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
Dang! I passed up a few because they weren't on wooden bases so I thought they were incomplete! Oh well, heres to living and learning!

Robert

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chase33

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iconnumber posted 10-13-2012 12:06 AM     Click Here to See the Profile for chase33     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
Thought I would update this a little. I have added 6 more of these to my collection and they are great. I will post pictures soon.

BTW, does anyone have any thoughts on how to best clean these? I know that porous pieces shouldn't be submerged in water, but I don't know how else to clean them. I use the paste polish that needs to be washed off, so I am wondering if just a quick dip in water will harm the wood base or am I just being to cautious?

[This message has been edited by chase33 (edited 10-13-2012).]

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ahwt

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iconnumber posted 10-14-2012 01:50 PM     Click Here to See the Profile for ahwt     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
I would first try a dry polishing cloth instead of a polish that needs to be washed off. Over time water will damage the wooden base. I have used a silver cloth for several items that I do not want to get wet and it works. Usually I try to polish before they get really tarnished.

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chase33

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iconnumber posted 11-11-2012 10:46 AM     Click Here to See the Profile for chase33     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
Here are the pictures that I promised awile ago. Sorry for the delay smile

Thanks awht for your tip. I used a dry cloth and they came clean very nicely.

Turtle:

Goose:

Frog:

Hummingbird:

Cardinal:

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jersey

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iconnumber posted 11-11-2012 11:20 AM     Click Here to See the Profile for jersey     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
Hi Robert!

Love your miniatures I'm a big fan.
Wonder if you might want to try the spray silver polish?
Haven't tried it myself but friends have & they like it.

Jersey

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chase33

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iconnumber posted 11-11-2012 11:35 AM     Click Here to See the Profile for chase33     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
Thanks jersey I love them too. These are actually christmas presents and I have wrapped them in individual boxes and then put them into a larger box - hehehe!

I have used the spray polish on other items but once it gets into the cracks and crevices, it is impossible to remove except by running it under water. when they get unwrapped, I will probably wipe them off again with the cloth.

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jersey

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iconnumber posted 11-11-2012 07:50 PM     Click Here to See the Profile for jersey     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
Hi Robert !

Do any of them have my name on them...LOL! I wish!
How about a tiny pastry brush.....I'll see if my friends have any suggestions.
I have a few tiny glass animals & a couple of silver birds. I'll check out the Pier Show next week in NYC & see if I find any more silver ones. Hope the Pier is not under water.....

Jersey

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