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Elaine F

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I don't know.  This is the only picture I can find at the moment of Mold-Craft deer.  They're a bit different.  But, that doesn't mean anything.  Mold-Craft could have made several varieties.

 

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I emailed the seller to see if they have any more details.  I just thought they looked really neat!  They're up in PA, so they won't be joining my collection.  :(

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Very doubtful, the seller said they are fiberglass and Mold-Craft did not use fiberglass.  Those are probably some that Wally Bronner had made for Bronner's sometime after Heller Industries burned down.  Not only are they not Mold-Craft, being made from fiberglass they would not be blow molds as the title says either.

 

Mel

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For $500, it would be nice if they posted more pictures, and some close-ups.  They look like they belong in some of those old black-and-white photos of nicely decorated downtown city streets of yesteryear!

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If they are Bronner's reindeer, they could be from back in the late 60's or 1970's, that is only a guess though.  The facial features and eyes do somewhat resemble the D*ick Wiken and Mold-Craft designs.

 

Mel

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I think if you look back at the bronners pictures you will see those deer : )   Being fiberglass I'd almost bet on it !! 

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These are my deer

Are they blowmold or fierglass? Who's the manufacturer? What year are they from? Are they heavy? Do they light up internally or need a spotlight? Thanks,Mike

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