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I suspect they are moldcraft. Silvestri was a chicago company that was a distributor for professional grade display products for many years, They didn't really make anything themselves, but had other companys make their products for them, and sold them under their name. They were one of the first companies to sell miniature italian lights in the us starting in 1959. They had them made in italy, and sold them in the US under the Silvestri brand name, both to professional display companies direct, and on the retai level through select stores, such as Marshall Field & Co.

They also "made" a line commercial grade mechanical animation, and those were made at their facility on Ohio street in chicago for a time, but the person who was in charge of the mechanical animation department left, and started his own company, and Silvestri no longer made it in house after that.

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I have some moldcraft pieces from 1958, the material on these seems to be more rubber like than mine...which are harder.  they could even be heller industries. from the label date.

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there is a set similar to these in one of the side display windows @ Bronners in michigan, The "altar" is actually the organ bench, and then he sat and played an organ with pipes in the background.  Atleast i think thats similar to what they have.

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I almost bought those at an auction this past summer but my van was full from the poloron blow molds I bought (got 3 choir people, a nativity with 2 shepards).  They were auctioning off stuff from a church.  I didn't stick around to see how much they went for.  There were a couple more pieces to the set than just the 2 fatluvrboy is selling on ebay.  Funny part, kind of, is i took the original boxes to those Silvestri choir people home with me since they were were just being thrown out there.

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there is a set similar to these in one of the side display windows @ Bronners in michigan, The "altar" is actually the organ bench, and then he sat and played an organ with pipes in the background.  Atleast i think thats similar to what they have.

yes I have to agree that the alter is actually an organ as he looks like he is playing it whoever got those got a good deal

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I just ran a cross this post. The winner was me. I never thought I would get them for the price!!! I have restored the little guy's and did something a little more to the display! I kept the paint the same( I love the vantage look) and I worked with latex to do the repairs to the body. had to heat the body's to get them back shape!!! I am now makings books to go with them!!!

http://i62.photobucket.com/albums/h117/myers103178/d1968c8a-bed6-4793-ba79-8a436500bb23.jpg

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Oh that looks awesome!! I am amazed how you found just the right size piano to fit and work so well with them!! :) Wonderful, Congrats on a good deal and beautiful new display pieces!!

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Oh that looks awesome!! I am amazed how you found just the right size piano to fit and work so well with them!! :) Wonderful, Congrats on a good deal and beautiful new display pieces!!

Thank you!! I did luck-out on this display!!! Love this set.This may be a long shot....I am always looking for more Mold-Craft choir people! If you know someone willing to sale hit me up!!

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After a few weeks of e-mails I have now have the complete set of the "Mold craft. Silvestri" Choir kids....!! The man that I was lucky to get the first two from sold me the rest ! Can't wait to get them. I have never seen something like this set!!!
"http://i62.photobucket.com/albums/h117/myers103178/050.jpg"

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Those are great looking choir kids, you are very fortunate to have them for your Christmas display, I am sure that many here would love to have them in their collection. For the benefit of newbies to the wonderful world of blow molds I feel that I should mention that Silvestri and Mold-Craft were two different companies, at the time Silvestri made these choir kids (1954) they were located in Chicago and Mold-Craft was located in Port Washington, WI. Mold-Craft was making the Wiken collection of choir kids that year.

Mel

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I just ran a cross this post. The winner was me. I never thought I would get them for the price!!! I have restored the little guy's and did something a little more to the display! I kept the paint the same( I love the vantage look) and I worked with latex to do the repairs to the body. had to heat the body's to get them back shape!!! I am now makings books to go with them!!!

http://i62.photobucket.com/albums/h117/myers103178/d1968c8a-bed6-4793-ba79-8a436500bb23.jpg

 

 

After a few weeks of e-mails I have now have the complete set of the "Mold craft. Silvestri" Choir kids....!! The man that I was lucky to get the first two from sold me the rest ! Can't wait to get them. I have never seen something like this set!!!

"http://i62.photobucket.com/albums/h117/myers103178/050.jpg"

Congratulations on your finds, and on your repair work.  They look awesome!  And as Mel said, I'm sure there are many out here who would love to have them in their collections.  I know I'm one!

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After a few weeks of e-mails I have now have the complete set of the "Mold craft. Silvestri" Choir kids....!! The man that I was lucky to get the first two from sold me the rest ! Can't wait to get them. I have never seen something like this set!!!

"http://i62.photobucket.com/albums/h117/myers103178/050.jpg"

 

 Well it certainly was my pleasure, and am so glad that they went to a true collector who can admire their beauty, I know that you will take very good care of them:) 

 

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                    Frank

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Last part of our outside decorations are complete!
What started as a bread box has now turned into a Victorian pump organ...I think?? All material was recycled " Junk" leftover from redecorating the house..... Not too bad for a first timer!!! All of the " "Mold craft. Silvestri" Choir kids are now restored to rear mint !! I had them in my workshop working on them and I wented you guy's and gal's to see them...A "BIG THANK YOU!!! " to Frank.


 

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You have done a fantastic job on the choir kids even down to the detail of different colored eyes on some of them.  Anyone would be proud to have those in their display and collection.  You also have a great looking organ there.

 

Mel

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Thank you Mel...I was going for the vintage look on the Victorian pump organ !! Do you have image's of any other "Mold craft. Silvestri" I found this one on google 2ed photo!!! looks like my set some what!

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Sorry to say that I don't have any other pictures of the Silvestri items.  They are beautiful and we would love to have a set ourselves.  How are the chances of getting pictures of each of your pieces to upload to blow-molded.com?

 

Mel

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