"Parian Historical Busts."
late 19th/ early 20th C., impressed marks
I don't know where she got them but I had a piece that reminded me of my Uncle Dave and she wanted it for him so I gave it to her for him. Then she gave me these to me. I find them beautiful and so I have them now. The one in the middle is Lincoln.
Can you identify the others?
Robinson and Leadbeater operated from their large works on the corner
of Wolfe Street and Back Glebe Street from 1864-1924.
They also operated a works at nearby Wharf Street from 1870 to about 1880.
Adverts state the firm was established in 1850 -
(although nothing is presented to show how this date was arrived at -
it is the date that their predecessor Giovanni Meli started in business)
"Glebe Street Works and Wharf Street Works
These two manufactories belonged to Robinson & Leadbeater
and were confined to the production of Parian goods, of which
they were among the largest producers. The Glebe Street Works
were commenced in 1850 by a clever Italian figure-modeller
named Giovanni Meli, who produced fine groups and single figures
till 1865, when he sold the business, plant, moulds and
machinery to Robinson & Leadbeater...."
Tennyson and Longfellow are the others.