This is a fascinating 16" tall 19th c. jointed wooden puppet man doll with carved gray mustache and beard and original clothes. I say puppet because there is a sturdy metal loop on the top of his head concealed inside the top of his Tyrolean hat. Under his hat his head is bald with a fringe of carved gray hair. I believe that he would have dangled from that point and could have been danced around like a jigging doll.His arms and legs have no means of puppet control though. His legs have joints at knees and hips that move freely. HIs wooden lower arms are simply attached inside the sleeves of his jacket. The torso feels like wood with padding over top. His clothing appears to be all original and consists of knee high hose, knee length pants, gold brocade top under a burgundy velvet jacket. His wool felt hat, jacket and belt have metallic gold trims.
Condition: There is paint loss, most noticeable on end of nose and edges of beard. There are some holes in his trousers and hose.
He is quite a character, and would make a nice addition to a wooden doll or puppet collection.
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