Goldschedier Claire Weiss Figurine?
No 51 BA Ltd Reg No (no number) Made in England
I purchased this item on eBay and it was advertised as a Goldscheider by Claire Weiss, mainly (I believe) because when you search for the markings online there was an item sold with such a description at auction a few years ago, with the same markings.
I bought the item, not because I seriously believed it was a Goldscheider, but because I liked it so much anyway! It is a lovely piece.
But since I received the item, I've been trying to find out its real identity, and I'm simply stumped.
It came from an estate sale, that is all I know. Found wrapped in a box. I've searched online for the makers mark, and come up with nothing (other than British Airways for reasons that will shortly become apparent!)
I've checked in my Goldscheider model book, and there IS an item which bears a striking similarity to the shape of my figurine. That's not to say that this isnt some sort of replica. Perhaps it is a later reproduction. I'd like to know for sure.
But I wouldn't part with her now. And I've seen another with the similar markings, and I'm tempted to buy it...but what am I buying!
My biggest challenge in trying to find out the makers mark is that a search online for BA Ltd just brings up too many variables.