Friday, September 20, 2013

Mastery of Design: A Punch and Judy Charm

The Victoria & Albert Museum

The V&A doesn't tell us much about this beautiful gold charm, except that it, two Chinese puppets and a sizable collection of Punch and Judy memorabilia was bequeathed to the Museum by Tom Howard (1904-1997), the Archivist and Council Member of the British Puppet and Model Theatre Guild.

Otherwise, the charm speaks for itself.  Cast in gold, the jewel depicts our Mr. Punch climbing a (relatively) giant stick.  The provenance and date of creation are unknown.

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