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Jointed wooden soldier

Object Number: 
INV.8062
Date: 
ca. 1876
Medium: 
Wood, paper, metal
Dimensions: 
Overall: 8 1/2 x 1 3/8 x 2 in. ( 21.6 x 3.5 x 5.1 cm )
Description: 
Wooden soldier jointed with metal rivets and washers so that limbs can be moved, with groove carved in top of head for detachable hat (missing), grooves in hands for holding flagpole (missing), and grooves in bottom of feet for securing figure to oblong wooden base (missing); soldier's body covered with lithographed paper depicting uniform of Continental army of 1776.
Gallery Label: 
This toy is a fragment of Crandall's "Hero of '76" that was produced in honor of the Centennial of 1876. Both the tongue-and-groove construction and the riveted joints were patented by Crandall, in 1867 and 1876 respectively. (See Publications)
Due to ongoing research, information about this object is subject to change.
Creative: Tronvig Group