19th Century Tobacconist’s Trade Sign
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English carved and polychrome decorated wood tobacconist’s trade sign in the form of a “Turk” wearing a distinctive headdress and dressed in a long robe, this advertising figure relates to many ship’s figureheads in its form and stance which is not coincidental as many carvers produced both. The “Turk” is the less common figure among those used to advertise tobacco. More frequently seen are the “Indian,” the “Scot” and the “Nubian”.
- Circa 1860
- Carved and painted wood
- United Kingdom
Height 42 inches
Width 10 inches
Depth 10 inches