"The Corner Of Giuse"
(MY COLLECTION OF VINTAGE MILITARY MINIATURES)
75 mm Old German " Elastolin " Composition Toy-soldiers
Elastolin and Lineol
Many companies produced composition figures in the Western European countries from 1905 ÷1960 ,
but only two achieved prominence in the field at the time ;
O&M Hausser ( Elastolin ) founded in 1904 in Ludwigsberg .
Lineol founded by Oskar Wiederholz in 1905 in Brandenburg/Havel
Method of Manufacture
The method of making such figures derived from materials used inEuropean doll manufacturing since 1850 .
Pfeiffer of Vienna perfected the soldier tecnique around 1898 .
A multipart , accurately machined brass mold is prepared and a cereal-like mixture of wood flour , kaolin
is hand-pressed into both halves. A skeleton is inserted of thin wire having been bent to the proper shape
by hand.The molds are the joined, air-dryed and then heated for a time , to cure the figures.
After cooling , the figures were removed from the mold and , while still slightly flexible , trimmed by hand
( From " Collecting Toy Soldiers " of Richard O'Brien )
Made and painted by Elastolin - Germany on 1940
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