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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.
wood (plant material)
Original to Beauport, Sleeper-McCann House (Gloucester, Mass.),
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29 3/4 x 11 1/2 x 11 1/4 (HxWxD) (inches)
Gift of Constance McCann Betts, Helena Woolworth Guest and Frasier W. McCann