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Old 18th January 2011, 12:30 AM
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Does anyone know what species the britain's antelope is? It's the one with its head down like its grazing. Also, is there a way to identify true britains from bootlegs?
I have a picture that I found on the internet attatched.
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I believe it is an Eland.
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Yes, Shawn is right, I have the same model - but the plastic version.
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Thanks, I'll have to go to wikipedia to find out what species. I am thinking of making a series of drawings based on those 11 or so animals that came in the set.
EDIT: It's a Common Eland
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Thanks, I'll have to go to wikipedia to find out what species. I am thinking of making a series of drawings based on those 11 or so animals that came in the set.
EDIT: It's a Common Eland
Oh yes, it's certainly not a Giant Eland. The roll of skin on it's neck isn't correct if it were a Giant Eland, not to mention the colour.
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Does anyone know what species the britain's antelope is? It's the one with its head down like its grazing. Also, is there a way to identify true britains from bootlegs?

As has been mentioned, it is a common eland. They used the exact same mold for the plastic version, only the plastic version is a light beige color, almost yellow. :-(

Identifying hollow-cast lead figures isn't always easy, as they are not always stamped. Some Britains pieces are, some aren't. At best it would be stamped "England." The best way to ID a piece is to get Norman Joplin's "Great Book of Hollow-Cast Lead Figures."

Over the years I have not seen many 'bootleg' lead figures, except for a company in Argentina that was producing some figures that are obvious copies of Britains figures; these are usually stamped "Argentina" and so easy to identify. In their day, hollow-cast lead figures were relatively inexpensive, so there was not the equivalent of our modern plastic Hong Kong knock-offs that you see at the 'dollar stores' and such.
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Also, does anyone know what species the penguin and monkey are?
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Default Britains animals

In metal Britain's made both a "penguin" (903) and a "King penguin" 916.

The monkey is labelled "Guenon monkey walking" (921).

The best refernece book is James Opies "The Great book of Britains".

It is out of print, and a big lot of the printed edition was lost somewhere in US according to the author. So it is rare and expensive but GOOD. 640 pages and contains everything they ever made until 1993.

Many of Britain's metal animals survived the transformation into plastic but changed form later.

Antelopes by Britain's:

Springbok (better in plastic)
Bushbok (only metal)
"Gazelle" (only metal)
Sable antelope, two versions in plastic, the second really good.
Hartebeest (Gnou) only plastic
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Another question: how many 'Picture Packs" were made? I cannot find out where the Bison and water buffalo came from. Also, there is a stray gibbon, baby camel, wolf (looks like Tasmanian Tiger), tortoise, young giraffe, red deer, young crocodile, gorilla with pole, Himalayan Bear, crouched leopard/panther, vulture, cobra, baboon, bushbuck, springbok, and young elephant.
All these questions are for a reason. I am making drawings, and in the far future clay models inspired by, not based on, britains zoo models.
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