This rare majolica candle holder is a Palmer Cox Brownie dressed as Uncle Sam. Said to be the father of the comics, Canadian born Palmer Cox remembered stories his grandmother told him in his childhood of little elf like creatures that he later named Brownies in stories he created and drew for children. Cox was a marketing genius, and when his big oval googly eyed Brownies became so popular, they were on advertising everywhere from books and dolls to candlesticks and stickpins. This 8" tall Uncle Sam wears a hat that is the candle holder with an inside diameter of 7/8" for the candle. He is quite colorful in his red, white and blue outfit and extremely well modelled with his baggy-kneed red and white striped trousers and hands in his wrinkled pockets. The long tails of his blue waistcoat are split at lower back by a little log stump which rests on the green grass. His complexion is beautiful with soft rosy cheeks and darker rose lips. He is well marked with impressed or incised numbers on the underside: numerals "2 8" and below on the inside rim, the numbers "2888". He is also marked with a black "70" under the glaze (with a slash across the center of the 7). There is a tiny spot above his right knee where the glaze has missed covering the trousers at the factory. Uncle Sam has stood in my china closet for 35 years, and I have smiled every time I looked at him. How lucky we were when Palmer Cox first shared his Brownies in 1883 to have given us all so much pleasure. He continues to do so more than 100 hundred years later! Thank you for visiting. Please email me if I can help you in any way.
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