Offering a very rare, early 1920's Lowenbrau Beer advertising display.
This display when assembled measures almost 5' in length. It consists of a wood wagon with a lithographed tin, Lowenbrau sign and logo, with a Made in Germany stamp, twenty solid wood beer barrels, four large horses and two men, one a driver and the other a rider.
The wagon measures 28" in length and 12" in height. In one corner of the wood seat, it is stamped 827. Apart from the wagon bed there is another bed hanging beneath it. The wheels are carved wood of 4" diameter, with a metal band around the rim. There are some splits in the carved wood of the wheels. On the seat is the original hand-made padded cushion for the driver figure. All the wood pieces needed to harness the horses together is also there although the thin leather straps are dried and falling apart.
There is a faint stamp on the back of the wagon that reads: Property of Hans Hoherbosch, Inc., New York, 51, N.Y.
The male figures are hand-made of paper-mache. They are also hand painted and each measures 9" in height even when seated. Their arms move up and down (one arm is stiff and will not move smoothly.) They are structurally sound with no breaks or repairs although the surfaces show some cracking and crazing.
There are twenty kegs of beer in three sizes: 2 ¼" – 3 ¼" – 3 ½". The kegs have the Lowenbrau lion logo burned into the end. Some fading of the logo on some kegs but no structural damage.
The four horses are magnificent. They measure about 11" in length and 9 ½" in height. Each horse was molded from papier mache and covered with a felt that looks like horse hair. Their manes and long tails are real horse hair and somewhat discolored from age.
Their eyes are painted glass.
Each horse has his harness with buckles and bits of tin decoration. Much of this harness is hand sewn.
No structural damage to any horse, just some light fading and age wear. These horses have incredible personality and proud style.
This entire set is in great condition for its age.
The main problem is the leather straps and reins which are very dry and brittle. They have broken into many sections. I imagine though it would not be too difficult to re-thread with soft new leather thongs.
The size of this set means it will have to be shipped in two separate boxes through Fed Ex, so I cannot ship to a post office box.
A wonderful Oktoberfest display!
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