Identifying a Figurine?

What or who is the maker with the initials H.A on the bottom of this figurine or an old man?

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November 26, 20190 found this helpful
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My grandmother took a lot of ceramic classes at the senior center near her. They had all kinds of molds she could choose from to paint and fire. They had small figurines like this one. I think this is from a senior center that holds craft classes for seniors.

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November 26, 20190 found this helpful
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The paint looks too good (to me) to be a class project.

There is a brand called "Norleans" that had paper stickers on their bottom and many of their pieces were "signed" by the staff member who painted them.


You may have one of their pieces. I see these at the flea market and yard sales priced from 1-3 dollars if that is what you have.

He looks like a leprechaun. Very cute! If you are going to sell him, I would try in February for St. Paddy's day!

Thanks for sharing!

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November 27, 20190 found this helpful
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I believe he was made from a mold and the painter/artist was very good.
I remember seeing many molds with this same style bottom as the mold was made to set on rack with 2 prongs that fit inside the 2 holes and you could paint around the bottom instead of just painting to the bottom edge.
This also resembles a typical mold as the features are not all distinct such as the walking stick is just part of the trouser leg.

Years ago we had numerous ceramic shops in my area and I have seen some excellent work but I have not seen this particular mold for sale.


The H.A. is very typical of how the painters marked their finished molds.

Although he resembles a leprechaun he may just be an Irish gentleman??

As to value; probably not more than $10-15 at best and may take a long time to sell. Unfortunately, hand made items are not very popular items but close to St. Patrick's Day would be a good time to list for sale.

This listing is of a Scottish gent but it is typical of this type mold and the painting is good (pictures are blurred but last one shows well).

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November 25, 20190 found this helpful

This may have been a craft project and the person who made it put his or her initials.

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