Olszewski Goebel Miniatures ERA

Americana Series

The Plainsman

Updated:  March 14, 2013


Edition Size:  Open

Scale:  1/12th

Materials:  Hand-Painted Bronze

Mark: 660-B

Year of Issue: 1981, 1982 and 1985

Issue Price: $45


Trademark:  TMK 1, TMK 2 and TMK 3

The Plainsman

HISTORY: The first figurine of the Americana Series, this is Bob's first, natural, unpainted bronze.  The studio wanted a series that would reflect American lifestyle.  The idea came from a book about Western bronzes.

ABOUT BRONZES:  After the bronze has come from the mold and has been smoothed, an antique finish is applied.  Then, selected hand-buffing is performed to provide the desired effect.  Bob had never antiqued a bronze, so he visited a local lamp manufacturer, who showed him how.

GENERAL:  While carving, Bob had difficulty visualizing the finished piece.  He was accustomed to translating his green carving wax into color, but he had never done a bronze before and didn't quite know what to expect.

The texture on this figurine is outstanding.  Notice how the details of the carved texture on almost all the surfaces cast out well.  Look at the muscular structure of both figures and the hair on the back of the buffalo.

This was Bob's first bronze, and he grew to love them.  He hopes the collector will take the time to become familiar with them to discover and appreciate their natural beauty.

SIGNED:  On the bottom of the base.

Source:  Page 69, The Goebel Miniatures of Robert Olszewski: An Authoritative Reference & Price Guide, Dick Hunt, published in 1989.

A "Process Stick" was made to depict the production process.  Below is an image of the steps involved.

The Plainsman Process Stick

For more information about the Process Sticks, click here.

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