The 1958 catalog does not specify the color of the howdah (nor the baskets carried by the companion #82 Donkey with Baskets), but until quite recently, it was presumed to be red and only red. The handful of known examples of both howdahs and baskets are molded from slightly soft reddish plastic. (And by "handful," I mean that I'm aware of approximately 4 elephants with red howdahs and 2 donkeys with red baskets. These pieces are seriously scarce.) To date, all examples have been found on the battleship grey variation of the elephant (or donkey in the case of the baskets). Both the howdah and baskets are sculpted to appear as though they are woven of straw. The belly band on the howdah is patterned, perhaps to simulate cloth or tooled leather?
|Owned by Kim Haymond (Photo by me)|
|Owned and photographed by Ellen V.|
|Photo by Sarah W.|
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