October 27, 2015

FIGURE OF THE WEEK #89: Chialu Composition Cowboy & Indian Duplex Figure

Toys? Yes but to many collectors the toy soldier is a work of art in it's own right. So presented here you will find our ideas on the THE ART OF THE TOY SOLDIER. 

This week’s offering comes from the Italian company Confalonieri Chialu. Produced in the 1950s & 60s these were sold in the USA through department stores like J.L. Hudson's here in the Detroit area. Chialu figures were made of composition and like German figures of the period were 7cm in size.  The western cowboy and Indian series was the most popular. Featured here is one of the six duplex figures Chialu made of fighting cowboys and Indians. The range was imaginative and offered many figures not available from a any other manufacture. Today these figure still command a tidy sum from collectors looking to either bring back childhood memories or simply build a collection of wonderful works of art from a by some era.

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.

Have a favorite figure you consider a work of art? Send us an image of it along with a brief description. Email you submissions to michtoystaff@michtoy.com.

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