- Pattern: Boy with Love Letter
- Vintage: 1960’s
- Made in Japan for Arnart Imports, Inc.
- Details: This is such a cute figurine from Arnart 5th Avenue Imports. These and other “Hummel Look-A-Likes” were knock offs of the original but over time they have become collectibles in their own right. This figurine is of a boy holding an envelope sealed with a heart. He is standing by a mailbox, as if about to mail this love letter. It is hand painted and very well done. The boy has all his tiny fingers well depicted, his face is very well painted and even the little lady bug on the mailbox is detailed. The bottom is stamped with the Arnart logo that was originally used from 1957 to 1987, however, after some research, we believe these figurines started coming into the US around 1965. The stamping on the bottom reads : “Arnart/5th Avenue, Hand Painted, 11/548”. From research, we understand the numbers stamped sometimes signified the pieces belonged to an entire group of figurines, or collection. If you collect these figurines, we hope this one is the one you’ve been missing.
- Materials: Porcelain
- Dimensions: 4.5 inches Tall
- Condition: Vintage – Used. Very Good Vintage Condition. There is a little bit of wear on the boy’s face. Otherwise, there are no chips, scratches, or other defects on this piece. Please review all pictures and make sure you love this item before purchasing, we can’t accept returns. All sales final. Please remember these are VINTAGE and ANTIQUE items, they are NOT new, every effort has been made to show any scratches, wear and tear and imperfections.
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Arnart Imports Inc., is still in operation (as of this writing) and is currently located in 230 Fifth Avenue, New York. The company specializes in porcelain gifts and decorative accessories. First registered trade mark is the Crown and A’s mark registered April 30, 1953. However, we have read that in 1957 they changed their name to “5th Avenue” after securing US based offices, and stopped using a printed stamped ‘made in Japan’ pottery mark, opting instead for a removable ‘made in Japan’ sticker. If that is correct, this figurine would be post 1957 but still using the stamp vs the sticker.