By BRIAN KRAPF
This pair of porcelain figural busts of Churchill and Roosevelt was made in 1940 by Lawton. Both stand four inches tall and are very well executed. Each commemorates a different pivotal event for that year. The Churchill commemorates the Battle of Britain. The Roosevelt commemorates Lend Lease. Although Lend Lease was not signed into law until February 1941, FDR had declared America the “Arsenal of Democracy” in December 1940, so the issue was very much at the forefront.
These pieces would have been made for export. The Churchill, however, appears on the market more than the FDR, leading to the belief he was also made for British domestic sales. The FDR is prohibitively rare and seldom is offered for sale. As either a pair or individually, these are well made pieces and a welcomed addition to any collection.
Brian Krapf formerly served as President of the American Political Items Collectors.