I frequently am asked to authenticate the Tithe Pig figure, below, that is too commonly sold as an early 19th century figure.
Similarly, I receive email enquiries about the age of Tenderness, below.
Both figures are reproductions of early 19th century figures. They were made by the Kent factory, which operated until around 1960. I don't know the exact year these figures were made, but my kindest guess would be early 1900s. Please don't mistake these for genuine early figures.
I know this comes as sad news to those who buy these figures believing they are c1825. I am always asked how I know I am correct. Firstly, the color palette--especially the green--is wrong to my eye. Secondly, the modeling is too clumsy and stiff. Thirdly, the Tenderness figure is marked Walton and the letters for both Tenderness and Walton are lacking serifs. Early Walton Tenderness figures use serifs on the letters of both the title and the name. Factoid: the Walton mark can be found with the letters impressed or raised...but the letters always have serifs.
I have seen both these figures listed incorrectly so often. But this month, Sworders UK got it right! Thank you, Sworders.
I know it is Buyer Beware, but perhaps if we all shout out every time we see incorrect listings, we can save other collectors from costly mistakes.