It was at Martin and Corinna’s previous property, a garden shed a little distance away from Weaver’s Cottage where the unique small boxes ended up being created. Weaver’s Cottage is situated among the steeply sloping hills of Chalford, a small village dating back to around 1842. From the garden shed is a beautiful panorama of the adjoining Cotswold country. It really is in this simple place where Martin started to design the box collectible figurines. It was back in 1989 with Martin’s only focus being to earn a minimal salary to support his small family.
For the era, the production process was a bit ambitious so a firm in Somerset performed the moulding and casting, Martin would then tint and hand-paint every piece himself. His “assembly line” was on a simple table where he had number of pre-cast pieces. These pieces became his income once there were sold in nearby shops and local flea markets. For these early pieces, his older brother contributed to the sales effort. of the , animal piles and netsuke reproductions. What are now known as the Large Treasure Jests were also sold to eager buyers.
In these early times, many of Peter’s carvings did not reach production as Martin still had much to learn about the complexities of the manufacturing process. One of his first attempts at a more complex design was the “Punk Rock Hedgehog.” However, it became obvious that getting the castings cleanly out of the moulds was a particularly difficult thing to do. Also, polishing the spines was proved to be impractical. It turns out that a few rare pieces still exist, but in a somewhat imperfect condition.
Since Martin could fit more of the smaller parts on his worktable, he began put more effort into what are now typically called the “Small Treasure Jests”. His first box figurine was small and carved by Peter was “Forty Winks”. It was a smaller version of “Sunnyside Up” that was completed in the Spring of 1992. Peter followed that up with by “Princely Thoughts” about a month later which was a miniature variation of “Awaiting A Kiss”. It wasn’t long after that, that he started studying journalism, so Martin began to create Michael Tandy’s “Who’d A Thought and the interesting “The Ram”.
As a general rule, If you would like to obtain a particular style of figurine, you will want the seller to show the designs and his list to your liking. Additionally it is crucial to designate how big your figurine should be prior to placing the buy order over the Internet. Images and photographs of collectible figurines online will often be not be truly representative of the specific measurements. The figurines often seem bigger than the specific measurements.
Another idea is to collect special figurines that evoke personal emotions and memories such as an angel figurine. They might be a bit more pricey since they are custom produced based on your specification. A current angel style figurine can come in a variety of materials and shapes, so you will want to be sure to specify the material and other features that you would like the angel or maybe a fairy figurine to have. Also manufacture in various styles and dimensions, fairy figurines can be fun to collect. This can complement your collection of Harmony Kingdom designs.
A collection of Harmony Kingdom and other figurines can be of significant value which you will to pass on to your children. If you select wisely, collectible figurines normally gain in value as the years go by. You might be surprised to learn that there is a methodology to collecting figurines. As you get more interested in the hobby of collecting figurines you will find more to learn. That is what makes collecting fun.
The Disney Company and Harmony Kingdom premiered their initial collaborative figurine as a depiction from the 2001 Pixar film, Monsters, Inc. It was a large five inch wide box figurine that portrayed the huge, blue-furred James “Sulley” Sullivan. It also included the two year old baby Boo with Sulley’s one-eyed assistant Mike Wazowski. The figurines represent a special tender moment in the Pixar movie. It is a must have figurine set for Disney fans as well as a special example of the “Magic” by one of the veteran Disney sculptors, Robert King.