AustriaBrass

Hand Cast Bronze Animals by Walter Bosse

Portland, Oregon · 951 Sales

AustriaBrass

Hand Cast Bronze Animals by Walter Bosse

Portland, Oregon 951 Sales On Etsy since 2011

5 out of 5 stars
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Announcement   Welcome to our shop!
Check out our collection of original hand cast miniatures, and bronzes. Everything is cast in the same traditional Viennese way!

We also have a selection of vintage and antique Hagenauer, Herta Baller, Aubock, and Bosse collectibles.

Announcement

Welcome to our shop!
Check out our collection of original hand cast miniatures, and bronzes. Everything is cast in the same traditional Viennese way!

We also have a selection of vintage and antique Hagenauer, Herta Baller, Aubock, and Bosse collectibles.

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5 out of 5 stars
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Pam Sands

Pam Sands on Apr 21, 2018

5 out of 5 stars

Beautiful little work of art. Great customer service. Shipped very quickly. Thank you.

Lee McSomething

Lee McSomething on Feb 6, 2018

5 out of 5 stars

This is actually my second time buying this lovely key chain. After my turtle fell off of my previous one, I knew I needed to replace him. It is a lovely key chain with a great weight to it. Very well made. Shipped swiftly and securely. Thank you!

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About

Handmade Vienna Bronze—vintage and new

Welcome to the Etsy home of original Vienna bronze. Our shop centers around the work of the late Walter Bosse and his animal menagerie. His black gold line of brass miniatures grew out of his work designed for pottery. By the 1950s, his work was sought after worldwide. We continue his legacy by producing his original designs in the present day with the same handmade quality and attention to detail.

VINTAGE ITEMS
On the vintage side, we collect the best examples of Austrian brass by Walter Bosse as well as Hagenauer, Herta Baller, and Aubock. Most of the vintage items in our shop are original deadstock or have been scavenged from collectors around the world.

HANDMADE ITEMS
All of our newly-made items are cast using the "lost wax" method from original molds and master patterns passed down through the decades by the original company craftspeople. We adhere to strict standards that were set by the original Viennese masters many years ago. In our modern workshop, all of the raw brass used in the creation of our Vienna bronzes is derived from recycled scrap from local brass manufacturing plants in Austria. Each item is painstakingly finished by hand, starting from the "tree" of raw castings. Each piece is cut from the tree, polished, patinated, marked, and then polished again to reveal the contrasting "black gold" finish that has been an Austrian tradition for most of the last century. A light coating of natural wax is added after finishing to protect the surface finish for years to come.

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Shop members

  • Alyssa Zukas

    Photographer, Vintage Buyer, Owner

    An avid collector and expert for most of the last decade, Alyssa is the vintage buyer as well as shop manager, photographer, and curator. She manages all sales within the USA.

  • Josh Korwin

    Designer, Graphic Design, Shipper

    Serves as our graphic designer, idea generator, accountant, and also oversees shipping and fulfillment.

  • Mike

    Maker, Curator

    Mike, CEO, general manager and master craftsperson, has decades of experience casting brass (Vienna bronze) in the Austrian tradition, including master modeling, mold making, lost wax casting, patination, polishing and finishing.

  • Sissi

    Owner, Maker

    Sissi, company owner and master craftsperson, has decades of experience casting brass (Vienna bronze) in the Austrian tradition, including master modeling, mold making, lost wax casting, patination, polishing and finishing.

  • Feri

    Maker, Caster

    For our newly-made items, Feri does the heavy work of casting "trees" of brass figurines using the lost-wax method. The brass he uses is all recycled from local industry in Vienna.

  • Eva

    Maker, Finishing

    For our newly-made items, Eva does the painstaking work of casting wax models, building wax trees, polishing, marking, and patinating finished figurines.

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