Plastic Mini-sculpture, post WW2

Contributed by The Musgrave Collection Eastbourne

Plastic Mini-sculpture, post WW2

1.Between 1954-1984, big stores and corner shops displayed the mini-sculptures designed for the toy- and cake-decoration trade by one man,George Musgrave,who designed originals for Britain's and rival toy firms, and a wide range of cake-decorations from birthdays to weddings.He not only designed the mini-sculptures, but went on to make the moulds and engrave the metal copies which enabled the little gems to be reproduced. Reproductions of these objects went all over the world.Who hasn't owned something designed by George Musgrave?
2.This object was produced shortly after WW2.There were many shortages at the time, including metal. None could be spared for the production of lead soldiers and other metal toys and models, so people began to experiment with plastic models. The shortage of previously indispensible materials inspired invention and ingenuity, exemplified by the 'make do and mend' attitude of civilians of those testing times.
3.This object shows how communities can devise new techniques to perpetuate aspects of traditional culture. It is also an example of the constancy of the ludic spirit and consequent psychological importance of toys throughout human history.

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