Rare and Unusual David Winter
The Window Plaque
This was a piece that wasn’t really ever destined for release to collectors. During the Summer of 1996 Phil and I spent a great deal of time at Eggars Hill modernising the display in the Barn. Unbeknown generally the Studios were hurting
financially and needed to encourage and revitalise enthusiasm in collectors – therefore it was decided to have an “Open Day” at Eggars Hills on 8 Septmebr 1996 but in order to help pay for
this event, money had to be raised so Phil and I got together with the staff and had tee shirts printed, John and David came up with the idea of The ‘Greenie’.
Whilst Phil and I had been gathering bits and pieces of memorabilia for placing in the Barn, we had seen the
“Window Plaque” and thought that as the mould had already been made it would not be expensive to reproduce.
The suggestion was made to John Hine – I am told that John thought the idea unworkable as no-one would want to buy the piece so said only 25 could be made initially. Little did he know that collectors liked the idea and more were produced
although I don’t know the exact number – a conservative guess is no more than 150 pieces were produced. No-one really knows how it got its name either.
Collectors who bought tee-shirts and the window plaques might like to know that monies raised from the sale of these items helped to keep Eggars Hill and staff afloat a little longer.
Made as a very limited edition for a very enterprising UK stockist. Numbers produced and costings are unknown. The pin stands about an inch high.
Not much is known about the origins of this sign – it was given to me by David Gravelle, one time Marketing Director of the John Hine Studios as part of a number of items used in a Charity Auction, held at Eggars Hill by the first ever UK Collectors Club – all funds went to the Pershore Hospital, where John Hine’s family have very strong links going back fifty years.