Original Antique 21" Cast Iron Jocko Lawn Jockey Statue Plus Base 36" Total
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Original Antique 21" Cast Iron Jocko Lawn Jockey Statue Plus Base 36" Total:
Cast iron Jocko statue.This guy came from an estate sale inKansas City; the family recalled it had been displayed in a family room andhe appears never to have been outside-- he even has an old old paper tag attached.No rust, No touch up paint, All Original. If you have been looking for the perfect Jocko I don't think you should pass on this one. If you would like to see any details in picture, contact me. If you would like to see him in person, contact me!
Local pick up only, No shipping. I can store for an extended period if needed.
The body is cast in one piece (meaning the hat is not separate-- it did have a front and back mold).The pedestal is bolted together. There is some surface rust inside the pedestal,very light and totally interior surface, No evidence of it being repainted. I feel this is all original paint. Does not have a lantern, but does have a simple ring , which also appears to be original.
During my research I found lawnjock.com had some history of jockeys. There is a picture showing the 1860 caricature version of the "Faithful Groomsman" with the same paint scheme as mine.From that site: The "Picaninny Caricature" version of Faithful Groomsman, although physically distorted, actually gives the best linear connection to the Legend of Jocko Graves. Speculation was that an unknown sculptor made the picaninny reproduction of the Faithful Groomsman from a verbal or written description only, but without actually seeing the original statue itself. First note the 1860's-style "Jockey Cap" and facial features additions, as if the sculptor was told the subject was a young slave boy named "Jocko" who cared for Washington's horses, so he combined both jockey and picaninny details on Jocko's head. Next note the fancy vest and tie clothes addition, as if he was perhaps told Jocko was also a "wedding groom". The unique hand-in-pocket addition is very important in that it clearly illustrates that the sculptor was told that Jocko was out in the cold and "froze to death" as in the legend.
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Clarification: I received a question about this item being cast in one piece. Here isthe question:
Are you sure about the one piece casting? Could there be a seam down the arms, like it was cast in 2 pieces.. Are there ANY WELDS on him, any rust throughs? Are all the screw heads slotted- no Phillips? Please don't take offense but as I told you above, I'm a little gunny.
No offense taken! I understand and want you to get what you think you are getting. I am not any where near an expert in this area of antiques. I do believe this to be at least from the 1930's and possibly older. I do apologize for the misundertanding though. What I meant was that some of the Jockos were made with a separate hat and this is not like that. Yes, there is definitely a seam from the front and back mold. It is visible all the way from the outer leg, up the arm, over the hat and down the other side. While the seem is visible, it is not rough or sharp like a repro.. Also all of the screws are flat head or slotted, not Phillips. There are no welds. There is very little rust and certainly NO rust throughs. There are scratches and scuffs indicative of the age of the piece, none of which detracts from it. It was at one time electrified. There is a tail of wire coming from the base and another out his under side of his wrist that holds the ring. As far as provinance , unfortunately I have very little. I spoke with the family briefly and they indicated they remembered it being in the family as far as the 30's. It was a bit of a family joke because it was purchased to be a lawn ornament but never got put outside. It became a fixture in the family room. I will add some pictures that show the seams and the screws better. I hope this helps. Thank you for asking!
I am adding some additional photos.