Photo by Gavin Ashworth
This smiling fellow is my very favorite! He was probably made in Germany in late Victorian days as a Christmas gift; his head filled with delicious candies to be savored on Christmas morn , or filled with pebbles to be used as a rattle. A noisemaker, perhaps?
His head is fashioned of papier mache and brightly painted. He has a slightly wicked smile which I find intriguing. His frilled collar and costume are made of pink and green crepe paper, a bit faded from age. There are four small brass bells on his costume. Under this costume is a wooden handle. This is placed on a supportive metal stand….someone loved him enough to take good care of him before I found him at an antique mall somewhere in the Mid-west.
So the question is: is he a jester or he is a clown???? Or a wicked Perriot? Or an April Fool?
One of these days I may place him in a large glass dome and give him a spot of prominence on a table near my bed and can greet him “Good Morning” and “Good Night”….and all he has to do is keep smiling and make me happy! With a trick under his crepe paper costume? I hope not.In our family of four sons, their wives, and seven grandchildren. only one of them wants my Wicked Clown!!!! This daughter-in-law and I must have the same sense of humor?