Cottages with Flowers
It is believed that the bunting models were produced in 1988 to celebrate Bury St Edmund's win in the 1988 Floral Town of Britain (Britain In Bloom). Only a small number of the models are known to be finished in this theme.
Two examples are shown below.
The first is cottage number 20 in the numbered series of cottages produced by Mudlen End Studio and is identified in the Mudlen brochure as a brick built house of the Georgian era. This carries an additional sticker on the base for "Suffolk Connexions / Suffolk County Council Information Centre / 36 - 38 St Helen's St / Ipswich", suggesting that the model was made available by them or perhaps sold. At the time of writing (September, 2013), the Information Centre is still based at the same address in Ipswich, although the "Connexions" name is now used for an educational scheme.
The group of 4 smaller pictures in the grid below show other shots of this example of the Mudlen Cottage No 20 with flowers.
The second example that I have with the flowers theme is cottage number 33 in the numbered series, identified in the Mudlen brochure as the "Greene King" pub (The Plough). In my opinion, this is the more attractive of the two.
The photo below shows the markings on the underside of the model. I doubt the pencil marking noting the event is original; more likely added by the original owner?
Models with flowers are very difficult to find [Scarce].
According to the excellent Collectors Guide produced by S B Carphlaughey, an example of cottage No 22 has also been recorded, although the particular example seen was apparently a reject. I have as yet to see another example.
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