THE DAVID WINTER COTTAGES COLLECTION

 
 
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The Restyles
 
 1980 
  NameNo of MouldsRestyledRetired
 
  Anne Hathaway's Cottage
(The Tiny Series)
219801982
   Very early pieces have slightly taller chimneys, but they were soon shortened to stop them from breaking off during demoulding. 
     
  Coaching Inn
(The Main Collection)
319801983
   There are 2 main areas of change: 1) Early pieces had Crystacal pillars at the rear of front building which were changed to matchsticks. 2) The upstairs door of the thatched building was originally recessed in. This was filled in with a plain rippled effect before David sculptured a door flush with the wall. On later pieces the arched sign at front of courtyard was removed due to an increase in the gap caused by mould deterioration. John Hine Studios used to provide replacement signs for collectors who felt they had missed out and wanted to have a go at attaching the sign themselves. 
     
  Dove Cottage
(The Main Collection)
219801983
   Very early pieces had a name plaque. 
     
  Forge (The)
(The Main Collection)
319801983
   Very early pieces had a name plaque. More foliage was then added between the outhouse and the chimney of the main building (Mould 2). The name plaque was then removed and the wording on the mile stone at the front improved (Mould 3). 
     
  Little Market
(The Main Collection)
319831993
   Mould 1 has a name plaque. This was removed for Mould 2. A complete restyle was then done for Mould 3 - the main change being the chimney was made larger and a different Tudor beam pattern on the front and both sides. The windows were also made larger and the piece was made generally crisper. 
     
  Little Mill (Version 2)
(The Main Collection)
319801983
   There are 3 different moulds of this version of Little Mill. It originally had a name plaque. Foliage was then added to the waterwheel to aid demoulding. The name plaque was then removed for Mould 3. 
     
  Market Street
(The Main Collection)
319831996
   Very early pieces had a name plaque this was removed for Mould 2. A complete restyle was then done for Mould 3 - the main changes being the chimneys and roofs were raised. Mould 3 also has a different Tudor beam pattern and the wooden panelling, tiles and brickwork were made crisper. Some windows were made larger or removed. The main shop windows were made smaller with 3 rows of glass instead of 4 and the cellar window was made narrower and taller. More general detail was added. 
     
  Mill House (Version 2)
(The Main Collection)
3-1983
   Mould 1 has a slightly larger waterwheel and the positions of the beams are different on all three walls of this part of the cottage. There are more steps to the right of the main door, the river and brickwork along the river bank stretch further along from the bridge and the door and the path over the bridge becomes part of the grass embankment. Moulds 1 and 2 have a name plaque. This was removed for Mould 3. 
     
  Rose Cottage
(The Main Collection)
219831996
   Very early pieces had a name plaque on the front left corner. This was removed for Mould 2. The chimney was also raised and the two windows either side of the chimney were removed. Greenery on the right wall and a small window in the eves between the two roofs were also removed. 
     
  Wine Merchant
(The Main Collection)
319831993
   Very early versions had weatherboarding and low chimneys. Beams were added for mould 2. These were removed for mould 3 and replaced with weatherboarding again. The chimneys were enlarged, smaller front bay windows, rear door beam removed and foliage added. Mould 1 also has a name plaque this was removed for Mould 2. 
     
 1981 
  NameNo of MouldsRestyledRetired
 
  Castle Keep
(The Main Collection)
319811982
   Very early pieces had a plaque naming this cottage as "Guildford Castle" (Mould 1). This was then changed to "Castle Keep" (Mould 2). It was then removed altogether (Mould 3). Some pieces also have some of the windows filled in. 
     
  Cornish Cottage
(The Main Collection)
2-1986
   There is an Undocumented Restyle - On very early pieces the lower window between the two doors does not have any greenery growing up in the corner and along the window sill. 
     
  Old Curiosity Shop (The)
(The Main Collection)
5-1983
   Various materials were used for the glass in the front windows. Originally the frame was glued with liquid resin poured in (Mould 1). Then a thin sheet of hardened resin was used instead (Mould 2). Then a sheet of clear acetate was used (Mould 3). Then clear bicycle reflector plastic was used (Mould 4). Finally the window frame was incorporated into the cottage with no glass (Mould 5). Very early versions (possible only Mould 1 and some Mould 2's) are missing the man's face in the curtains at the back. 
     
  Provencal One
(The Main Collection)
219811981
   This cottage has an undocumented restyle. Mould 1 has (like Provencal Two) a plaque at the rear. For Provencal One the words are: DESSIN NO.1 DAVID WINTER. This plaque was removed at some point making Mould 2. 
     
  Single Oast
(The Main Collection)
219851993
   Original pieces have no foliage or white fencing. Mould 2 is also slightly larger and taller (about 1cm taller). The stairs, along with the upper door and the V of the roof above the stairs, have been moved to the left and the position of the window moved to the right of the stairs. Mould 1 also has a distinct bulge down the middle on both sides of the roof of the side building, whereas Mould 2 has no bulge in the roof. The main doors were also made smaller with the left-hand door now ajar instead of the fully open right-hand door on Mould 1. For Mould 1 the position, length and number of planks of wood at the front vary. Different materials were also used for the wind vanes - Crystacal, resin, metal and then plastic. 
     
  Stratford House
(The Main Collection)
319811996
   Early pieces had a gap between the main house and the small building on the left (Mould 1). An arch was added to aid demoulding (Mould 2). More foliage was then added to block the gap completely (Mould 3). 
     
  Triple Oast
(The Main Collection)
219851994
   Original pieces have no foliage or white fencing. Different materials were also used for the wind vanes - Crystacal, resin, metal and then plastic. 
     
  Tudor Manor House
(The Main Collection)
419851992
   Moulds 1 - 3 have a name plaque. This was removed for Mould 4. The very first mould has a walkway running through from side-to-side level with the balcony and exiting in the chimney. This walkway was blocked in and overall this cottage was made slightly larger (Mould 2). For Mould 3 the curvature in the larger roof was removed and the roof tiles made more distinct. Mould 3 is also slightly smaller. For Mould 4 this cottage was then completely remoulded - The name plaque was removed, the chimney raised, the beams enlarged, foliage added and the paths made smaller. 
     
  Tythe Barn
(The Main Collection)
319831986
   For Moulds 1 and 2 both doors are on their hinges (better known as "Door On"). For Mould 3 the right-hand door is completely off and on the ground (better known as "Door Off"). For Moulds 1 and 2 the right-hand door can be part of the mould or is glued on (and so can be in different positions). Mould 1 has crystacal pillars. These were changed to matchsticks for Moulds 2 and 3. Also for Moulds 1 and 2 the farm implement (that looks like a spring) is slightly larger than on Mould 3. 
     
  Village (The)
(The Main Collection)
219861996
   In 1986 various changes were carried out. These include: the buttress on the right by the archway was removed; The building at left front was shortened revealing more of the courtyard beyond; The stone building with the pyramid chimney at the front was made narrower by cutting the back away so it is flush with the chimney stack - the brickwork and small window was replaced with a bit of weather boarding and greenery; More greenery was also added between various buildings creating arches or blocking the paths completely; Other greenery was added on various buildings. This piece also suffered from distortions and shrinkage. 
     
 1982 
  NameNo of MouldsRestyledRetired
 
  Brookside Hamlet
(The Main Collection)
2-1991
   Mould 1 has no water dripping from the waterwheel and less greenery. For Mould 2 the water dripping from the waterwheel was added and more greenery was added in various places mainly between the buildings. 
     
  Cotswold Cottage
(The Main Collection)
219831996
   Originally the overhangs on the gables and porch were more prominent They caused demoulding problems and were shortened in 1983. 
     
  Cotswold Village
(The Main Collection)
419821990
   Mould 1 has very little greenery. For Mould 2 a foliage arch was added in the gap between the church and the houses at the back left corner. Another arch of greenery was added in the gap on the left side between these houses and the group of houses at the front. The gap between the church and the far right house was also filled in with greenery. For Mould 3 greenery was added to the front facing gable end of the houses at the back left corner, on the far right end of the church, on the front houses and on the gravestones. Three chimneys were also made larger. For Mould 4 the gap between the houses at the back left corner and the group of houses at the front was filled in (only the archway at the back left corner remains). More greenery was added - namely over the porch, roof of the church, partway up the front and rear of the church tower, around some of the chimneys and over some of the roofs of the houses. The greenery on the front houses and front facing gable end of the houses at the back left corner was removed. 
     
  Fairytale Castle
(The Main Collection)
319861989
   Three distinct moulds have been seen. Mould 1 has virtually no greenery between the towers and has more pointed tops. Mould 1 is also slightly taller. For Mould 2 the tops were rounded off. The most noticeable difference between Mould 1 and Mould 2 is the amount of greenery between the towers. For Mould 3 this greenery was extended even further on the left-hand side of the tallest tower underneath the far left small tower. 
     
  House On Top (The)
(The Main Collection)
3-1988
   Remodelling of the greenery, in the diagonal wooden supports for the two side buildings, seems to have been done in two stages creating 3 moulds. Mould 1 has no greenery in the diagonal wooden supports. For Mould 2 the wooden supports for the left-hand building are filled in with greenery (the supports for the right-hand building are still open). For Mould 3 the wooden supports for both side building are filled in with greenery. The door halfway down the passageway can be missing on later versions or the passageway completely blocked. 
     
  Ivy Cottage
(The Main Collection)
319831992
   Mould 1 is slightly taller and does not have the white stepping stones or grass (just a brick courtyard) and very little ivy. For Mould 2 the white stepping stones, grass, window boxes and more ivy was added. The ivy was then reduced in places (mainly on to the roofs) and increased in others (mainly at the back) for Mould 3. 
     
  Old Distillery (The)
(The Main Collection)
219861993
   In 1986 the front of the main right building was cut back and crates added, the roof of the largest far left hand building was tapered back. On the right side more foliage was added in the centre of the group of buildings. 
     
 1983 
  NameNo of MouldsRestyledRetired
 
  Alms Houses
(The Main Collection)
219841987
   Earlier pieces have deeper gutters and less sturdy upper walls 
     
  Bakehouse
(The Main Collection)
319831996
   Very early pieces have just two rows of bricks around the top of the chimney (Mould 1). For Mould 2 two extra rows of bricks were then added (making the chimney seem shorter but it is the same height). Then for Mould 3 the top band of bricks was reduced to three rows and greenery was added further up the rear wall and between the chimney and roof at the back. Mould 2 is an undocumented restyle. 
     
  Cornish Tin Mine
(The Main Collection)
2-1989
   As described above during its production run more greenery was added along the join between the main building and the chimney at the back. 
     
  Cotton Mill (The)
(The Main Collection)
219841989
   Greenery was added to the rear between the mill building and chimney stack. 
     
  Fisherman's Wharf
(The Main Collection)
4-1996
   Early version had very little greenery. During its production more greenery was added notably on the roofs (Mould 2) and around the gable ends (Mould 3) and then between the two main buildings at the front (Mould 4). 
     
  Green Dragon Pub
(The Main Collection)
4-1996
   This cottage originally had a plastic pub sign. This was changed to a metal one. The mound of greenery, that this sign is positioned in, changed from a small square hole (Mould 1) to a slightly larger square hole (Mould 2), to a rounded hole (Mould 3) and then the rounded hole had a square countersunk in it so as to accommodate the metal sign (Mould 4). Very early versions the foliage arch at the top of the stairs is missing (Mould 1). This gap was then filled with greenery (Mould 2), before being turned into an archway (Moulds 3 and 4). 
     
  Hertford Court
(The Main Collection)
219831992
   Mould 1 has a narrower courtyard and a smaller middle section of the main building between the two upper front windows. For Mould 1 the beams form a diamond shape with a vertical beam down the middle, whereas Mould 2 the diagonal beams are further apart with extra beams in the middle forming an H shape. Mould 2 also has a lot more greenery at the front and back. 
     
  Woodcutters Cottage
(The Main Collection)
219851988
   Early pieces have a sharper point to the highest tree stump at centre. For Mould 2 the tip was rounded off to avoid demoulding problems. 
     
 1984 
  NameNo of MouldsRestyledRetired
 
  Castle Gate
(The Main Collection)
2-1992
   Undocumented Restyle - Mould 1 has less greenery than Mould 2 - namely under the archway, on the pavement either side of the right-hand of the two left-side houses and in the V of the roof of the far left house. 
     
  Parsonage (The)
(The Main Collection)
319861996
   Remodelling was done in two stages creating 3 moulds: Mould 1 has more greenery and no path alongside the small thatched building that is in the front/right corner. For Mould 2 this building was moved slightly to the right and a path was added and with less greenery. Then for Mould 3 the walls of the front porch were cut back, resulting in an overhanging arch, to aid de-moulding. Also Mould 1 has a different shaped base than Moulds 2 and 3 due to the movement of the small thatched building that is in the front/right corner. 
     
  Tollkeepers Cottage
(The Main Collection)
219841992
   Very early pieces have less foliage. 
     
 1985 
  NameNo of MouldsRestyledRetired
 
  Hermits Humblehome
(The Main Collection)
219851988
   Early versions had more gaps between the trees. These were filled in to help with demoulding. 
     
 1987 
  NameNo of MouldsRestyledRetired
 
  Ebenezer Scrooges Counting House
(The Christmas Collection)
219871988
   The bush at the back in the corner between the two buildings was extended nearly all the way up the wall. 
     
 1988 
  NameNo of MouldsRestyledRetired
 
  Windmill
(The Heart of England Series)
219881995
   Very early pieces had six frames per sail but this was then changed to seven. 
     
 1990 
  NameNo of MouldsRestyledRetired
 
  Boathouse (The)
(The British Traditions Collection)
219901995
   Pieces made before May 1990 have sharply defined bricks both inside and outside on the very the top edge of the chimney. A bevel had to be added to all four sides inside to aid demolding. 
     
 1991 
  NameNo of MouldsRestyledRetired
 
  Castle in the Air
(The Main Collection)
219911996
   The flag supports at the top of the turrets were originally crystacal. Metal supports were added soon after production had started to add strength. 
     
  Scrooge's Counting House
(The Christmas Ornaments Collection)
219911991
   Early pieces have less greenery at the rear in the corner between the two main buildings. 
     

 
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