November 19, 2012

FIGURE OF THE WEEK 18nov2012: Chialu Confederate Flagbearer

Chialu Confederate Flagbearer, 70mm Composition Circa 1960s
This week’s offering comes from the Italian company Confalonieri Chialu. Produced in the 1950s & 60s, Chialu composition was sold in the USA through department stores like J.L. Hudson's here in the Detroit area. The western cowboy and indian series was the most popular but around the time of the Civil War Centennial in the early 60s, single and boxed sets of Civil War figures appeared in stores. There were six foot and two mounted figures for each side and they also issued a set of eight Zouaves plus the ultra rare Confederate figures painted as Union troops. Chialu also produced the highly collectible Korean War figures of US & North Korean troops, the only composition company to do so. When the age of plastic toy soldiers kicked in Chialu tried to produce figures in plastic using their original composition molds but this was unsuccessful and short lived. The company faded from toy soldier production and instead survived on Nativity and Manger sets until it's demise in the 1970s.

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