bright golden yellow, red and black circus colors decorate this fabulously aged old clown head bottle opener.
Measuring 4" from top to bottom, 1 1/2" wide across the opener's metal opening, and 1 1/4" deep.
Very worn patina including facial parts missing, still this is absolutely charming, and a little bit creepy (it IS a clown, after all!)
part of it looks a bit like wood, part of it kind of looks like some sort of composite.
We have been trying to determine age, and have had no luck finding one similar to this.
Circus entertainment has been around since the late 1700s in England, and America's version of a traveling tent show with a menagerie emerged around the 1820s, growing in popularity from there.
Bailey and Barnum combined in 1881, and they morphed again in 1906 after Bailey died, and Ringling Bros bought out BB; by 1919 they were touring as Ringling Bros Barnum & Bailey.
"Church key" openers didn't come about until the late 1800s.
We have a whiteface clown head with golden yellow shirt, and red bowtie and hat.
Although he didn't use white face makeup in the photos we found, we think he looks a bit like the world famous clown, George Carl (the final image is one of him), possibly, who clowned around in the 30s, 40s, 50s and 60s, and who eventually performed on Johnny Carson in his 60s (born in 1916), and later for Prince Rainier and Princess Grace Kelly.
Have a circus or clown collector in your family? and/or a bottle-opener collector? this is a hard-to-find (rare) novelty clown example.
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