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Early Legend advert in 'Fancy Goods Trader' magazine dated 1955

1986 Brochure - click here

Legend Brochure. The letter WM1 refers to "Wall Mask 1st Edition" etc. The top of the brochure list both series WM1 6 inches and WM2 6 inches. The bottom of the page lists the masks as 1950-60. 

 

 

 

 

 

Two rare Legend panels, Sam Weller & Mr Pickwick.

 

Falstaff Panel (12 x 9 inches). Sculpted by Frank Bargutt

 

12 inch 'Sweet Peas in Ploughed Field' plaque by Frank Garbutt and produced in the 50's

 

Porthole Series - The full set of six

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The famous 'Gladiator Panel' is a very rare piece with only a handful ever being produced. Created by Fred Wright the panel measures 28 x 20.5 inches. There are no markings on this plaque. There were a few limited other designs like the 'Battle of Trafalgar' and the 'Heron Panel'.

 

American Indians, these are quite hard to find and there are many fakes about.

 

Limited edition set of King Arthur, Merlin and Guinevere

 

A rare gathering of the Wicked Ladies series

 

Battle of Trafalgar panel (20 x 26 inches). Sculpted by Fred Wright.

Heron Panel (28 x 14 inches). Sculpted by Fred Wright.

Legend Products

Cefn-y-Bedd
Nr Wrexham
LL12 9UT
UNITED KINGDOM
Tel: + 44 (0) 1978 760800

orders@legendproducts.co.uk

info@legendproducts.co.uk

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Legends with no name. Does anybody know the names of these models?

Reply - Thanks from Steve C. (from left to right, Bedouin 2nd, Brigand 1st, Sikh 1st)

1947-1997 Legend Brochure
 

 

'Legend Products' are a beauty in their own right but they are not Bossons. The models produced by Legend are often mistakenly identified as Bossons. The following information gives some help in attempt to identifying who produced what product. Legend products often have "Made in England" written on the base.  Another term used by Legend is "Legend Product Copyright". Some of the later Legend pieces produced by Fred Wright were of an exceptional quality and certainly command good prices. For a period of approx two years the company used the 'Legend Lane' name.

The 'Legend Products' company first started trading in 1947 and was formed by by Alec Cochrane. The factory was based in North Wales and was more recently run by son David Cochrane and wife Sheila. The company was called Legend Lane for a few years when they were heavily involved with miniature cottages and plaques. There is an active Legend 'Collectors Club'. 

Legends also made shelf ornaments, TV lamps, egg timers, thermometers and calendars

 

 
A to Z List of Legend Heads

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G

M

S

Y

B

H

N

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C

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P

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See 'P' for the 'Porthole Series'

 

The Making of Wall Mask (kindly written by Sheila Cochrane)

When the mask is originally modelled from clay it takes many weeks of work. We work with the modeller and we all input our thought and talents into getting the right face. When you think of all the people in the world who have faces and they are all different. It is very difficult to achieve a likeness to somebody especially from all angles. When the clay model is finished we then take a cast from it and in so doing the clay model is destroyed leaving us with a mould. We then make a plaster cast of the model (this is called the OFF the clay model) which goes back to the modeller for more work to put in the fine detail. The wrinkles and skin marks and the eyes etc. When this is finished again after probably a few more weeks we make a new mould. This then becomes the MASTER mould and we leave a plaster cast in it to use for any future mould making. The whole process is very skilful and costly.

 

 
Legend Products

The "Greek Hero Plaque" Sculpted by Fred Wright

A full set of the 4 inch collection. Top row left to right Firstmate, Whaler, Longshoreman, Fisherman, Deckhand, Ships Captain.

Clowns

 

 

 

Examples of Legend Wall Masks

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Turkistan (or Turkish Warrior)

 

The Legend set that may not have been recorder as kindly supplied by AB. Aborigine, side facing Bedouin, Indian chief, Tunisian and Turkistan.

This is a rarer piece that forms a set that may not have been recorded by Legend (height is 6" x 4") . The others in the set are Aborigine, Indian Chief (Shawnee), side profile Bedouin and Tunisian. These pieces are older Legend products that were made to a flatter profile than the later models. The Indian Chief model is rare.

Knight or Viking?

Very old piece marked "A Legend product Copyright Applied For". The piece measures 6 inches high by 4 inches wide.

 

Early Legend

Spanish Woman (or Espana)

Early head. Looks to be made in the same era as Matador circa 1947-55. The back has the same Legend Products sticker as the Matador and Afro Caribbean type lady. Her hanger wire loop is also the same.

Matador

This is an early Legend head called Matador which is listed 1947-1955. The back has the very early Legend sticker with the dragon and reads 'Genuine Hand Painted Legendware, Made in England  Legend Products Newbridge Lane Stockport Cheshire'. The hanger is a wire loop which is imbedded into the top of the head same as the Afro - Caribbean Woman circa 1947-55.

Sergeant Buzz Fuzz?

Height 6 inches, Stamped "Made in England"

This model was probably from the early Dickens collection.

Deckhand - The same head is also used in the  'Porthole  Series', Height 4 inches.

Montenegrin

A very rare older Legend. Made in England is stamped on the base. Height 6 inches

Bedouin

Older model. Approx 4 1/2 inches high. No markings.

Bedouin, series 1; made in 1966 and modelled by Deryck Ratcliffe. This model is from the Bedouin 1st Series and forms a set of 4 heads comprising of Bedouin, Persian, Sikh & Turk with a red fez (the Turk appears to be the rarest). Thanks to Steve C for the information.