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Kriskringle72

info on the Santa sleigh and reindeer

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not sure if this is the right forum for this question, but here goes.   I'm looking for info on this Santa, sleigh and reindeer.manufacturer, date, if anyone has seen anything like it.   It has been in my family for many years and we always used it in our front yard .  my mom bought it from a coworker that had used it in his yard and it originally was his parents.  I believe its mid-century but think it may have originally a commercial piece. the Santa was a half body that sat on a ledge in the melamine sleigh. (didn't have a close up of him) he and the reindeer made of an expandable type semi soft foam base covered with a linoleum type thin outer layer (they were repainted at some point before we got them)  the deer are about 4' long and 3' high and the Santa is about 3' tall.  unfortunately about 10 years ago the Santa was stolen and the reindeer were vandalized.   was hoping to come across another set or replacement parts.  sorry for the poor quality of the pic of the complete set it is the only one I could find of it on display.   the close up of the bodies shows what they look like inside and the close up of the heads shows all the damage from vandalism and the head on the far left is the original paint.   any leads would be appreciated.  i think it was a one of a kind but would be awesome to find a replacement. 

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I think there was some talk about these in another thread. I will try to find it for you, maybe they were made by artistic latex or mold craft in the 40s or 50s.

This is the thread I was referring to but not much info, http://forums.planetchristmas.com/index.php?/topic/39381-trying-to-id-a-santasleighreindeer-set/#comment-448573

 

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I wish we could see them when they where new and glorious!! A lot of work and some paint, they will look great again:) Can't wait to see them polished up and running!!

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