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Authenticast, S.A.E., Comet, Malleable Mouldings, Holger Eriksson, Frank Rogers.

This page is dedicated to some very fine figures sculpted by many talented people. This page is just getting started.
Below is some detailed information on the brands and people involved with these lines. Information is kindly provided by Lou Sandbote, editor of the Holger Eriksson Collector's Society Newsletter.

"The same man oversaw the Ireland production of Comet's Authenticast brand, made in a factory near Galway, Ireland (or as they call the country "Eire" and ALSO opened and operated S.A.E. in the Capetown, South Africa area. He was a Swede named Curt Wennberg who had made arrangements to purchase Holger Eriksson sculptures to produce as Authenticast figures in Ireland. "FR" initials on base bottoms identifies the figures commissioned by Comet and made by American Frank Rogers. "LN" were figures commissioned by CW and were sculpted by a Swede named Lennart Norrke. When Authenticast factory closed, CW moved his operations to South Africa, where he continued to cast the same figures made in Ireland (54mm) and additional line of 30mm. Sometimes, the "EIRE" wasn't properly shaved off the figures from which molds were made and so South African production can be misattributed to having been made in Ireland. Figures marked "HE" were all created by Eriksson and cast by both companies as well as HE's own production after 1963 when he cast his own figures, some of which had been sold by him as master figures to Authenticast beginning in 1946. To further muddy the water, a third company named Malleable Mouldings, which started plastic production using the Authenticast figures and later did super quality painting on Authenticast metal figures. It did so because CW had a financial interest in it, also. But those figures -- very expensive for the time -- were not marketed in department and hobby stores like the Authenticast and S.A.E. figures were."

The figures below were originally aquired to be resold. I just couldn't part with them. The scupting is just fantastic and after reading the history provided by Lou I decided to hang on to them.


Authenticast Toy Soldiers Authenticast Toy Soldiers Authenticast Toy Soldiers
Authenticast Foreign Legion "HE" on the
for Holger Eriksson
Authenticast and Eire figures. Flag Bearer is Eire.
The riflemen by Authicast. Both by Holger Eriksson
Authenticast figures by Holger Eriksson
Authenticast Toy Soldiers Eire Toy Soldier Mil Min toy soldiers
Authenticast figures by Frank Rogers. Eire marked Holger Eriksson Figure
Swedish Ostguta infantry musketeer, 1675
An assortment of figures by Frank Rogers.
Bases all marked "Mil Min" and "FR"
     
Authenticast toy soldiers Authenticast toy soldiers Authenticast toy soldiers
Authenticast toy soldiers - Still trying to ID Authenticast toy soldiers - Still trying to ID
but obviously British or Scottish
Authenticast toy soldiers - Still trying to ID
     
Authenticast toy soldiers Portugese Authenticast toy soldiers maryland rifleman  
Authenticast Portuguese Infantry Set 1601? Authenticast Maryland Rifleman  
     
     
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