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My Love For Hamberger Displays

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Hello....is there anybody out there?   Seems everyone is comfortably numb with no activity in the Hamberger Displays thread!  There's got to be something going on.  Any new finds, repairs, items for sale, news, or something?

If anyone is out there, i am looking for the gnome holding the yarn for the Mrs. Claus knitting in the rocking chair if anyone has one for sale.  Please let me know.  Thanks!

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If only spring would get here!  Weather has been tough in the NE since Christmas!  Those look neat.

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Just got this guy finished up. There wasn't much left of him when I started. 

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Looked like a horror movie prop in the before photo. I would have never known it was a Hamberger piece, at least as a rookie. Restore looks great.

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Been a while since I posted, but I just got these beauties. They're in such beautiful shape. Now I'm just waiting for the lady to get back to me to get me some of the props she had that came with them

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23 hours ago, TBS99 said:

Is this a Hamberger piece by chance? If not does any one know who made it?

Ok, so I found out it is made by Pan Asian Creations Ltd.

Tom

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23 hours ago, TBS99 said:

Is this a Hamberger piece by chance? If not does any one know who made it?

Tom

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These typically were paired with a huge unanimated Santa.

Picked up these guys locally about a month ago. Love the old ones!

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On 12/11/2018 at 10:57 PM, Darrid said:

These typically were paired with a huge unanimated Santa.

Picked up these guys locally about a month ago. Love the old ones!

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Beautiful pieces Darrid  !!!!!

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Hello, I’m new to this site! I have always been intrigued by Hamberger’s displays and classic store displays! I sadly do not own any mechanical figures yet though :( However I am looking for mechanical Easter figures, does anyone have pictures of theirs? Is anyone selling or willing to sell one? It does not have to be one of Hamberger’s but I’m looking for commercial grade. 

Thanks!!

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Cmm1028,

Send me a private message. I have a ton of Easter figures and props that i am looking to part with and sell off. Mechanical figures from Hamberger, Champion and more.

Sammy

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