ANRI Bottle Stoppers
The simplest stoppers are immobile, single figures,
that were likenesses of the men and women who lived in the Groeden Mountains,
the home of ANRI. This makes it very easy to tell the early stoppers
from those made in later years. The old ones look like real people,
while the ones made in later years are more like caricatures. With
study, and time, you'll be able to see the differences.
One way to tell old from new is in the details
of the carvings of the bodies, clothing and facial features. Older
ones have details carved into their shirts, vests, jackets, ties, scarves
and hats. There are additional details to look for in the painted
features, like metal buttons, and patterns in the "fabric" of the clothing.
All the ones pictured here are older with greater
detail and should give you a good idea of the faces you'll see, as you
search for additions to your collection. You'll also see that most
of these are male. Fewer females than males are found.
Here is another group of "stills" or immobile.
A rare and beautiful Indian Chief painted with touches of metallic gold
paint, a really ugly lady with big red balls on her hat, and a neat and
old, troll or gnome.
The lady is a good example of a poorly carved
caricature, and no one would ever mistake her for a real person.
This crude type of carving is less desirable than the older ones.
The 'balls' on her hat are meant to represent large red flowers.