Jig Doll - Sterne Doll Company, Black Cloth Face, 1940s Object Reg. No: HT 23112

Black wooden male figure, with movable arms and legs and a cloth face. It was designed to be jiggled around to simulate dancing. It was produced by Lionel Sterne in his factory in Leicester Street, Carlton the late 1940s.
A male puppet, consisting of a flat wooden body and head, painted black, on which a moulded cloth face and hair has been attached. Movable wooden arms have been nailed to each shoulder, which are covered with green and white striped cloth, with painted black hands. Nailed to the bottom of the body are jointed wooden legs which are encased in green and white cloth pants, with black painted feet. On the front of the body is attached yellow and green plastic, to represent a jacket, with three drawing pins for buttons and a yellow cloth bowtie. A thick piece of wood is attached to the back, along the shoulder, in which is a large hole, intended for a wooden rod (not present.)
Discipline: History

More information

Tagged with: racism, racial identity, cultural stereotypes
Themes this item is part of: L.J. Sterne Doll Company, Childhood & Youth Collection, Leisure Collection, Objects & Cultural Stereotypes in Museum Victoria Collections
Primary Classification: GAMES & TOYS
Secondary Classification: Puppets
Tertiary Classification: rod
Manufacturer: Sterne Doll Company, Carlton, Victoria, Australia, 1945-1950
References: Email correspondence from vendor (copies printed for supplementary file.) `Gerry Gee and Me', Ron Blaskett (2001); `The Encyclopedia of Australian Dolls', Marjory Fainges (1993)

Add your comment

  • Museum Victoria does not provide valuations, for more information please visit the valuation infosheet
  • Please note that Museum Victoria staff will not normally respond to comments posted on our website.
Yes No