This figurine is a one-of-a-kind, extremely rare Precious Moments piece. It comes from the personal collection of Rex & Millie Moravec. Sam Butcher created this figurine in Rex's honor and presented it to him at the Chapel.
This is the 2002 Precious Moments figurine, My Teacher, My Friend. It was first issued in 2002 and was retired in 2004.
This is a First issue figurine with no date mark. It measures 5" tall X 6.25" across X 3.75. It comes in its original box and is in great condition except for a couple of small nicks on the front edge of the base, please see pics. Considering as much as this piece was handled over the years, I suppose a nick or two are to be expected.The base was hand inscribed by Sam to Rex Moravec. To my teacher, my friend Mr.
The large display tag that comes with the figurine has the following printed on the back. This creation is intended to be in a special room of the Precious Moments Chapel.It will be dedicated to Mr. Rex Moravec, my teacher and my friend, who not only taught me very well, but who also inspired me to study the works of the masters. As a result, I went on to college intending to be a professor of fine arts. Moravec even to this day continues to be such a blessing and inspiration to me.
Sam Butcher This is an exclusive, rare and very special piece from the Moravec's personal Precious Moments collection and it would make a wonderful addition to yours or a memorable gift for a loved one, as well as an excellent investment. While at an early age Sam Butcher had decided he wanted to be an artist, his father opposed the decision. Sam's father and brothers preferred to spend time working on cars and motorcycles, while Sam preferred to spend his time drawing and writing stories.
Sam found support elsewhere, though. One of the most influential people in his early life was his high school art teacher, Rex Moravec.
According to Sam, He was a talented man who had the unique ability to bring out the best in his students. Rex encouraged Sam to pursue an art career and appropriately, Rex was Sam's inspiration for this figurine.
In a 1994 Enesco book that Sam inscribed and gave to Rex titled "Precious Moments Last Forever", Sam wrote on page 18 next to a photo of Rex, "My teacher and gift from God". On the very first page of the same book, Sam inscribed, Dear Mr. Moravec, Only the Lord knows what a remarkable inspiration you have been to me as a student and an artist. But the world, though they know you or not, has been blessed because of your help and instruction to me. Please note that the scan of the newspaper article about Rex Moravec's retirement from Enterprise High School is shown for reference only and will not be included with the figurine.
About the Moravec's collection. Every item I have listed in this store category, Moravec's Precious Moments, was created by Sam Butcher for his various collections; Jonathan & David, Precious Moments, McCoon County, etc.
The items are in excellent, undamaged condition however for the rare occasions where there may be signs of wear on an item, it will be noted in the description and shown in photos. While some of the boxes may show wear, the figurines are all in like new condition.
What makes these items really special is that each one of them comes from the personal, private collection of Sam's dear friend, mentor and beloved high school art teacher Mr. Moravec (Rex) and his amazing wife, Mrs. Moravec (Millie) of Anderson, CA. I have been truly blessed to call the Moravec's and their wonderful family my friends for nearly 20 years, in fact Millie is my best friend in this world. Sadly Rex passed away in 2010, but Millie remains just as active as ever at the young age of 92.Because her new home is much smaller than the one she left, she is no longer able to display her Precious Moments figurines so they have unfortunately remained in storage since her move. Thank you for stopping by and have a blessed day! Please note that the photos below are for reference only and will not be included with the figurine.
Sam signing some of the Moravec's figurines in their home during a visit in 1996. The item "EXCLUSIVE Precious Moments My Teacher, My Friend 928607 Gift from Sam to Rex" is in sale since Saturday, July 14, 2018. This item is in the category "Collectibles\Decorative Collectibles\Decorative Collectible Brands\Precious Moments\Figurines\Other Precious Moments Figures". The seller is "gidgetpup5" and is located in Weatherford, Texas.
This item can be shipped worldwide.