A beautifully carved Jig dancer toy. The back of the stick has print but I cannot make out the first word but the other words are "Uncle Charlie", copyrite '51. The bottom of its feet are also marked "Ply-thingS Planned for fun". The larger P and S probably indicate the names of the makers. I have scoured the internet and cannot find anything marked Ply-thingS. This leads me to believe Uncle Charlie may have been a prototype for a business that didn't flourish. Regardless, Uncle Charlie makes for hours of fun! All you need to make him dance a jig you need is a thin plank of wood 10" to 16" long. This is often called a paddle board. The operator sits in a chair that is not upholstered and slides the paddle board under their legs. Then holding the stick with one hand, stand Charlie on the far end and with your other hand bounce the board and he dances away. There are some Youtube videos showing other jig dolls dancing.
Uncle Charlie is quite the character with a unique folk art appearance. He may be one of a kind! He looks to be a balding country farmer, dressed in blue coveralls with a red undershirt. He has great big bare feet, fabulous green eyes, and a swath of white hair on the back of his head. He has wonderful expressive big bushy white brows, a white beard and a cigar stogie hanging out of his mouth. There is a piece of material attached in a hole in his back, Probably part of an old label.
In several of the pictures you will see dust in the eyes, but they have since been cleaned. The outer layer of his right has a split, it does not go all the way through the arm (see last picture).
Cool old piece of old vintage folk art!
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