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1950s Painted Chalkware Shirtless Sailors


This fantastic grouping of muscular sailors date back to the 1950s and are quite a mystery. As alternate lifestyles weren't really "out" yet, it makes one wonder how these were marketed. It is possible that they were used as a store advertising for a sun tan lotion, as one of the mates is still quite pale. Whatever the origins, they a quite wonderful and in good original condition. The material is a molded plaster, referred to a "chalk ware" in the collectible world. The figures are airbrushed and hand-painted, and display very well. They are generously scaled, with the standing man at just over fifteen inches tall.


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    Wear consistent with age and use.
  • Dimensions

    H 15.25 in. x W 7 in. x D 3 in.

    H 38.74 cm x W 17.78 cm x D 7.62 cm

  • Seller location
    Los Angeles, CA
  • Sold As
    Set of 6
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