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Could you please forward some photos. A close up of the break would help too. Greg
I do have some questions. Two metals were used most commonly for these items. the best and by far the most expensive is BRONZE. An alloy of brass and tin. Very hard material and dark brown surface but rather brass coloured when the surface is broken.
Secondly SPELTER. This is a very soft almost pewter type material (poor man's bronze). It is a rather silvery coloured material that has to be coloured darker. Still typin...
When spelter gets damaged, the underlying metal is silvery /lead coloured.
90% of these rather Victorian figures that we see are spelter. The difference in value is massive.
In bronze your figure could be worth over £1000 but in spelter (especially if damaged) less than £100. You stated i think that the head had been off. Spelter is much more easily damaged than bronze. Look closely around the neck join and make a tiny indentation in the damage with a very sharp point. Spelter is easily marked and bronze much less so. Let me know what you discover. Greg