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Clockwork Dinner Bell

1942.1981 (RS35360)

Description

Carved wooden figure of a black man holding a hammer in his right hand and a bell in his left. The man is standing with his left leg slightly forward. Painted decoration of a black military style coat with metal epaulettes, maroon vest, dark yellow trousers, and black boots. Painted gilt decoration on coat collar and buttons. A spring mechanism affixed to the back of the figure causes the hand holding the hammer to strike the bell and makes the eyes and chin move up and down. There is evidence that the figure originally wore a hat which is now missing.

Details

Maker
unknown
Date
1800-1824
Location of origin
United States
Associated Building
Original to Beauport, Sleeper-McCann House (Gloucester, Mass.).
Material
iron (metal)
painting (coating)
wood (plant material)
Object type
Sound Communication T&E
Descriptive terms
Bell, Service
bells (idiophones)
figurines
iron (metal)
painting (coating)
wood (plant material)
People and organizations
L'Ouverture, Toussaint
Dimensions
29 3/4 x 11 1/2 x 11 1/4 (HxWxD) (inches)
Accession Number
1942.1981
Credit Line
Gift of Constance McCann Betts, Helena Woolworth Guest and Frasier W. McCann
GUSN
61458

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