OFFERED FOR SALE IS A COLLECTION OF RARE ORIGINAL
ELASTOLIN (LINEOL/HAUSSER) THIRD REICH COMPOSITION FIGURES
ALL OF THE TWELVE ARE THE ONES THAT ARE AMONG THE MOST SOUGHT AFTER
Offered for sale is this great collection of original Third Reich Elastolin figures, all in untouched condition, only the porcelain head of the Hitler figure was glued back in but all original parts. The group consists of nine (9) of the sought after ‘personality figures’ Franco, Dr. Joseph Goebbels, Hermann Göring, Rudolf Hess, von Hindenburg, Adolf Hitler, Generalfeldmarschall von Mackensen in Hussar uniform, Benito Mussolini and Ernst Röhm (who was phased out in 1934 after the ‘Night of the Long Knives’). Also in this grouping the spectacular Schellenbaum Bearer and two Flag Bearers. The Flag Bearer are the more sought after version with composite flags instead of metal flags. All in all twelve (12) of the most sought after Elastolin figures.
Elastolin is a trademark used by the German company O&M Hausser (O&M Haußer) for the toy soldiers and other types of figures it manufactured from composite material and later from plastic. The Hausser firm was founded in 1904 by Christian Hausser and his sons Otto and Max. The factory was situated in Ludwigsburg near Stuttgart. Production of all figures (and all other toys) was interrupted when the German economy was put on a “total war” footing in 1943. Limited production of composition figures resumed several years after the end of World War II in 1945. Hausser continued to use the brand name Elastolin when it began production of figures in a hard polystyrene plastic in 1955 while production of figures in the older sawdust-based composition material continued into the 1969. Hausser production of plastic figures continued through 1982. The company filed for bankruptcy in June 1983 and ceased production by the end of the year.
The first “personality figures” Hausser produced were Kaiser Wilhelm II and soon after Feldmarschall von Hindenburg during World War I. The “personality figures” include Hitler, von Hindenburg, Ludendorff, Göring, Hess, Goebbels, von Schirach, Großadmiral Raeder, and Generalfeldmarschall von Mackensen in Hussar uniform. There are also two personality figures of Mussolini and one of Franco. A personality figure of SA leader Ernst Röhm was dropped from the line after he was executed during the so-called “Night of the Long Knives” (a purge of the socialist wing of the Nazi party) in 1934. The figure of General von Blomberg became a generic General figure after he was forced to retire in 1938.
Hitler was represented by several uniformed figures; one was a walking figure of Hitler reviewing troops or perhaps a Nazi unit with his right arm up in his unique bent-arm salute. There was also a seated Hitler to ride in one of Elastolin’s magnificent staff cars (German children knew the Führer always sat up front next to the driver and never in the back seat). There was also an early figure of Hitler in civilian attire. Göring’s high profile in the German leadership was reflected by the fact that he too was represented by figures showing him in SA, NSFK and Luftwaffe uniform. There was a walking figure (26/21) of Goring reviewing troops, and as Goring was promoted to Generalfeldmarschall and then to the unique rank of Reichsmarschall a figure was produced that showed “the Iron Man” holding an appropriately large marschall’s baton.
Premium grade figures of Hitler, Göring, Hindenburg, Mussolini and Franco were made with headless composition bodies that were then fitted with special-made porcelain heads that captured their facial features and expressions with exceptional clarity. These command premium prices from collectors. [source: Wikipedia]
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