Sebastian Miniatures are small decorative figurines.
History & Description
First produced in 1938 by Prescott W. Baston, many pieces are modelled on classic literary characters, scenes of life and historical figures such George Washington. Many sculptures were also manufactured specifically for commercial purposes. For example, in the 1950s Jell-O used Sebastian Miniatures for its in-store promotions.
Following his father’s death in 1984, Prescott W. Baston Jr. (also known as Woody) took over the business and continues to design and create figurines.
Guide for collectors
Sebastian Miniatures are very popular collectible items in the United States. Many collectors try to complete a series such as America Remembers while others focus on limited editions like the Conestoga Wagon for Lancaster Bible College created in 1983. Others try to seek out and invest in figurines that have been discontinued such as the Lexington Minuteman.
The price of a figurine depends on its age, rarity and condition. In order to identify its age, collectors should check the label on the base of the product to determine the period that the piece was produced; Arlington or Marblehead Studios (1938-1968), Lance Corporation (1968-1998) or Spoontiques Inc (1998-present).
Notable auction sales
On December 10th 2011 at Morphy Auctions in Denver, Pennsylvania, one Mr SOS figurine, circa 1938, and a figurine depicting Mr Baston, circa early-1980s, realised a price of $225.
On January 8th 2005 at Homestead Auctions in North Canton, Ohio
- A complete set of Charles Dickens characters and model village realised a price of $200.
- A Fiorello de Guardia figurine, past mayor of New York City, realised a price of $80.
On April 28th 2005 at Jackson’s Auctions in Cedar Falls, Iowa, a large 102-piece group including a 17-piece set of Charles Dickens characters and Ben Franklin and Rip Van Winkle figurines, circa 1946-1986, realised a price of $175.
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