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Whole set of what my mom called celluloid animals. Some

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Whole set of what my mom called celluloid animals. Some stamped on base of pedestal "made in Italy Milano" Are they celluoid?
Submitted: 1 year ago.
Category: Antiques
Expert:  Nora replied 1 year ago.

Hello,

There is one image attached here of a bird, and from the photo, it appears to cold painted cast metal; likely iron or lead.

~Nora

Customer: replied 1 year ago.
Another photo
Customer: replied 1 year ago.
Photo of neck of ostrich
Customer: replied 1 year ago.
The figures just don't seem heavy enough to be metal
Expert:  Nora replied 1 year ago.

Hi,

The neck does help. This may be a composite with metal dust or terracotta - of which terracotta would be typical for Italy. Just to be sure, try a magnet on them. I can state definitively that these are not celluloid, which is a thin, hollow plastic.

~Nora

Customer: replied 1 year ago.
Have the whole set attached to original display ... Would like to sell on eBay but want to get my description correct. Can you help with that. Magnet does not attract.
Expert:  Nora replied 1 year ago.

Hello,

I was away from my computer for an appointment. Are you still seeking help on your set here?

~Nora