Collectables of the Future: Hantel Miniatures
Hantel produce finely detailed, hand painted, jointed pewter miniatures. The
figures are quite unique and are all designed by artist Frances Wilson who
began designing and manufacturing pewter giftware in 1973. The company later
moved from their initial Warwick location to Scotland in 1980, and began
producing their miniature jointed figures shortly after.
The idea for the miniatures came from the popularity of doll houses and their
interiors, and the idea of having movement within the figures was triggered by
an antique jointed porcelain doll. By adding colour, Frances Wilson had developed
a very individual collectable.
After some success with small nursery toys and dolls house products, Frances
Wilson began designing a range of figures, drawing her inspiration from
childrens literature and nursery rhymes such as Alice in Wonderland (pictured right), Cinderella,
Hey Diddle Diddle, The Owl & Pussycat, Mother Goose and Punch & Judy.
Other ranges include the Butterfly Ball Collection,
Santa & his Sleigh and a large selection of Teddy Bears. Hantel also produce miniatures
for Steiff and in the past a superb range for Disney.
The figures have become very popular and the company has grown on the uniqueness
and quality of its miniatures. Although the company still produces only a small volume
compared to some other collectables. The figures are already very collectable
and look set to become even more so. An early piece the Parrot Cage was sold recently
for £5,000/$8,000 (approx).