We are offering for sale a vintage, circa 1980s, Freeman McFarlin figurine of a gold colored deer lying down. This pretty little deer measures 7 1/2" long, 5 3/8" tall, and is in excellent condition with no damage or flaws. It is normal for the red under coating to show through on gold leaf pieces. It is signed/impressed "Rutledge" and #862 mold number for Freeman McFarlin Originals/El Monte, Calif.
FYI: Freeman McFarlin was founded by Gerald McFarlin and Maynard Anthony Freeman. Gerald McFarlin operated McFarlin Potteries in El Monte California for many years. Maynard Anthony Freeman joined him after WWII, and they became Freeman McFarlin. Maynard Anthony Freeman was exactly what this pottery needed. He transformed their line, which was mostly small, cute, whimiscal animal figurines, into something wonderful. His designs were amazing. His animal figurines were large pieces that made a real statement, and must have caused quite a buzz at the time. His Anthony signature is commonly found on pieces he designed, along with other designers such as Kay Finch, Rutledge, Hetrick and Wright. These new designs were very successful and Freeman McFarlin opened a second factory in San Marcos California. This success was short lived though and the business was sold shortly after their move to San Marcos. It was purchased by International Foods who closed the El Monte factory, and eventually sold the San Marcos factory to Hagen Renaker. Hagen Renaker operated the factory from 1980 to 1986. Earth-tone, Gold Leaf, Silver Leaf, Yellow, Red, Black, Green, Brown, White, Antique White, and a Lladro like blue/white, were all colors that Freeman McFarlin used. White and Gold are the most common colors. It is normal for the red under coating to show through on Gold Leaf pieces. This was part of the design.