Red Mill Manufacturing (Mfg.) Clown Crushed Pecan Shells Statue/Carving/Figurine Vintage ca 1970s-1980s (Resembles Hand-carved Wood) USPS PRIORITY MAIL SHIPPING INCLUDED – DOMESTIC ORDERS ONLY!

Price: $58.99

Quantity: 1 available


Item/Description:   Vintage Red Mill Manufacturing “Hobo Clown” crushed pecan shells statue.

This charming decorative figural sculpture, which is made of a combination of crushed pecan shells and resin, has a hand-lacquered finish that is so cleverly and artistically artisan-highlighted as to create a figure that appears to actually be hand-carved out of wood!

The subject matter of this delightful work of art is a jovial “Bozo-esque” hobo/tramp clown holding a bouquet of flowers in one hand, while leaning on the oversized closed-position umbrella that he is holding with his other hand as if it were an elegant walking cane. Clowns are amongst the rarer class of figurals made by this company.

The coloration of this enchanting figurine is a deep, rich chocolate brown, and the attention to, as well as depth of, detail apparent in this carving is an exquisite and exemplary example of the high quality of the artisan-crafting and hand lacquering that went into the artistic design and manufacture of this statue.

In addition to decoratively enhancing any room in one’s home, office or business, this novel crushed pecans resin figural is likewise functional as a clever and unique paperweight, given how solid and heavy this marvelous display piece actually is.

The underside of this figure has four (4) small round felt pieces to protect from scratching whatever surface you decide to display him upon.

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Age/Period: Vintage - ca 1970s-1980s

Manufacturer/Identification/Markings/Country of Origin:

*Original gold & red foil label on underside of figure reads: “Hand Crafted Reproductions Red Mill Mfg.”

*Incised on the back side of the sculptural “umbrella” is the wording: “Red Mill.”

Material(s)/Format: This heavy, solidly-made figure is made of mixture of crushed pecan shells & resin, and he has a glossy, hand-lacquered finish (not overly shiny but just right).

Size/Measurements: 7 1/4" H x 6 1/4" W

Quantity: One (1)

Condition Summary: This figural clown carving remains in near mint condition!

Excerpted Online Research Information about Red Mill Manufacturing Company (attributed to wiki.answers.com/Q/What_is_the_Red_Mill_Manufacturing_Company AND HarryRinker.com): “The real warmth and beauty of wood was redefined and given new dimension by artisans at RED-MILL Mfg. A unique blend of crushed pecan shells provided the look and feel of real wood, and each sculpture translated into an exact replica of its original carving. After being carefully removed from its mold, craftsmen highlighted and hand lacquered each collectible for added depth and color. Thus, each piece may differ slightly, whether from the subtle stroking of a craftsman's brush or the gentle rub of an artist's cloth. Created in a wide array of categories, RED-MILL collectibles offer universal appeal from the magnificence of the bald eagle to the tender innocence of a small child.

The original Red Mill Mfg. went out of business in 2001 due to the death of one of its owners. At the time of closing they were located in Fishersville, Virginia. These unique figurines are becoming harder and harder to find. There will be no more figurines made by the original Red Mill Mfg. signed by Artist and dated. The original molds were sent to a company in China and are being used under Red Mill Crafts. These are not of the same quality as the originals.”

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“...Red Mill products were marketed through gift and novelty stores.

The figurines are molded from a crushed pecan shell and resin mixture. Local artists created the sculptures used to create the molds. When the figurines were removed from the molds, they were rubbed with a soft cloth to enhance the patina. The amount and color of the pecan shells produced a variety of brown tones. Off-while examples also were made...”

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