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  1. Anthony Olseski

    Anthony Olseski New Member

    20201106_204208-min.jpg I am looking for information on this nativity set that was gifted to me when my family parish was closed. There appears to be a stamp on the pieces that looks like an AR. It's very hard to read. Any assistance that anyone could offer would be greatly appreciated. Thanks
     
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  2. Fid

    Fid Well-Known Member

    ANRI perhaps ?
     
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  3. komokwa

    komokwa The Truth is out there...!

    where
    when
    size
    material

    ya don't give us a lot to go on............
    :sour:
     
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  4. Anthony Olseski

    Anthony Olseski New Member

    The set belonged to a priest and his family from Mahoney City, Pennsylvania. That priest along with his three sisters came to St. Stanislaus Kostka Church in Coatesville, Pennaylvania in the early 1980s and brought the set with them.
    The set is ceramic with most of the pieces being hollow. The largest piece is 18 inches high and the smallest is 5 1/2 inches. I was once told that it was early 1900s but I am not sure what they knew about antiques.
     
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  5. komokwa

    komokwa The Truth is out there...!

    it is quite stunning.....
    r we to understand that the figures are in place and do not move...to get a close up of the base of an individual ??

    ( @Bookahtoo .....should this thread be placed in the Pottery Forum ? )
     
  6. moreotherstuff

    moreotherstuff Izorizent

    What are you going to do with it? It looks like it's meant to be on public display somewhere.
     
  7. Anthony Olseski

    Anthony Olseski New Member

    I have attached a picture of the markings on the bottom. Thank you for everyone's help.
     

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  8. Anthony Olseski

    Anthony Olseski New Member

    I want to have it professionally restored then donate it to my new church.
     
  9. ola402

    ola402 Well-Known Member

    It's fantastic! I suppose this nativity was displayed at Christmas in your old church? Reminds me of when I was a child, every Catholic church had one like this.

    What is the ethnicity of the Monsignor named on that label? Perhaps it could be traced to his family's country.
     
  10. Anthony Olseski

    Anthony Olseski New Member

    The name on the label is actually the sister of the priest that came to my church. He traveled with all three of his sisters who did the cleaning of the church and housework in the rectory. They were all Polish coming to my Polish parish. No luck tracing it back to them.
     
  11. ola402

    ola402 Well-Known Member

    Well, there is a long history of the making of Polish pottery. Just ask QVC, they sell a ton of it. I was thinking maybe the pieces were made in Poland.
     
  12. alynnfin

    alynnfin Active Member

    Can you use a magnifying glass and see if the impression mark on the blue one is xri or anti something like?
     
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  13. Anthony Olseski

    Anthony Olseski New Member

    The markings really look like AR. Some of the pieces have a number stamped into them. Anyone else have any ideas? Interestingly right before the property was turned over to the new owners I was allowed to go in and take anything that I wanted. Moat everything was taken by the archdiocese but I did find some plaques with ancestors names on it and an extra flute player statue laying on the ground in a closet. Not sure why we had two of the exact same statue.
     

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