Note the disproportionately large butt of this gun, it was designed especially to meet the requirements of the cavalrymen shooting from the horseback on the move ..
The casting process went smoothly and as soon as the pressed in paste became hard I got the copies of the items in very good detail. The following task was to manually trim, shape and abrade the casts as necessary.
Any small gaps or holes had to be filled with the appropriate materials. The finish of any modeled piece must be as smooth as the surface of the porcelain. Here you see the process of sanding of the surface of the blade with abrasive papers of different grade. I also used fine files to change the original curve lines of the blade to make it look suitable for the future Hussar 's sable.
I cut the handle of the samurai sword off, it will be replaced with custom handmade handle .The rifle will be modified as well to get the physical futures I chose for it…
Mounted Hussar of Austro-Hungarian Imperial Army ...
Moulding is the most useful skill in the repertoire of any restorer, as it can save hours of painstaking work modeling . I decided to make the copies of the items using the technique of press -molding rather than slip-casting. I used special impression molding compound suitable for the job to make a two-piece molds containing the negatively shaped spaces of the objects. When set ,the molding compound became really hard and suitable for pressing in some special paste I use for china and porcelain restorations.
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... While in the process of restoration (the sable was almost ready when I found it ) I came across this peculiar image, made in the middle of 19th century. The resemblance with my group was just striking… The story behind this photograph is unknown, it was stated that this is the image of one of the last Hussars enlisted in the Austrian Army .The approximate date of the period when the image was taken made me believe that the actual manufacturer of the group might well be "Rädler &Pilz" - 'Austrian artistic studio for porcelain decorating' , active on the market from 1864 to the end of 19th century. It was one of the most important decorating studious of the period. Specialities were "Portraits after photographs and after nature " and presentation pieces ....The studio used the mark ,the beehive, upside down, just like in our case. Represented in London, Paris, Leipzig and Frankfurt ..Received the highest international recommendations (Directory of European Porcelain, L.Danckert, fourth edition,London,1981; page 477 )
... These images show the prototypes of the weapons I used as guides in order to create the missing parts for the group … The gun shown here is probably of Swedish origin but it is still a typical example of firearms used by cavalry in the end of 18th-the beginning of 19th century. The sable with a hanger shown here was also used by cavalry at about the same time period…
..I started with going through toy depot of my son. He has plenty of different sorts of soldiers, samurais ,pirates and monsters made of plastic and many of them have detachable weapons of different type. I was lucky to find a "samurai" type sword and a pirate gun which seemed to be of suitable proportions and quite well detailed… These toys spared a lot of my personal time I would spend trying to model them manually from the scratch…
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