Jumping jack

Object Number: 
1937.1254
Date: 
ca. 1876
Medium: 
Wood, string, paper, metal
Dimensions: 
Overall: 8 x 2 7/8 x 1 1/4 in. ( 20.3 x 7.3 x 3.2 cm )
Marks: 
printed: on paper label affixed to wooden frame: "Pat. Jan. 4, 1876."
Description: 
Wooden jumping jack with jointed acrobatic figure suspended by string in flexible wooden frame; figure consists of flat segments joined by metal pins and represents gross caricature of African-American; when lower ends are pressed together, figure flips back and forth over string.
Gallery Label: 
This object was once part of the folk art collection of Elie Nadelman (1882-1946), the avant-garde sculptor. From 1924 to 1934, Nadelman's collection was displayed in his Museum of Folk Arts, located in the Riverdale section of the Bronx. The Historical Society purchased Nadelman's entire collection in 1937.
Credit Line: 
Purchased from Elie Nadelman
Provenance: 
The Folk Art Collection of Elie Nadelman
Due to ongoing research, information about this object is subject to change.
Creative: Tronvig Group