size: 60mm (height) x
145mm (length) x 70mm (width)
notes: A model of a
lying sheep was in fact produced in the early days of the Goss factory
before models bearing coats of arms became popular. Later, the same
mould was apparently reused, a flat base being added to carry a coat
of arms. Neither version is listed in The Goss Record, which suggests
that the early version had already gone out of production before the
first edition was published (1900) and the later version didn't go
into production until after 1921.
Whether or not this later version was produced, like the
majority of the Goss animals, especially for the British Empire
Exhibition in 1924 and 1925 is uncertain, so the exhibition arms are
not generally suggested as matching. Indeed no specific matching
arms are identified for the model. However, many collectors give
some preference to arms to which some association with sheep can be
ascribed, for example those of towns situated in sheep farming areas.
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