This is an interesting piece – I have seen many 50s and 60s Australian ‘Scaredy Cat’ tourist pieces which borrow from SylvaC’s original scaredy cat made in the 40s.
And – this Scaredy Cat is an unusual colour- every other one I’ve seen has been the muted brown or green so common to SylvaCs animal figurines. Turns out that this has probably been repaired- and to hide the repair – been repainted. This was apparently quite a common practice in the 40s and 50s.
The impressed SylvaC number 1046 can still be seen on the underside of the figurine; but the colouring and the painted eyes [green] are a give-away that the cat was repaired and then repainted at some time. It’s impossible to find where the repair is – so the repainting seems to have done the trick.
I’m unsure as to the value of the Scaredy Cat – and so offer it as it is – AF [As Found] – a curio of sorts.