Wooden figure holding a wooden octant, the trade sign of an optical instrument maker by unknown

Wooden figure holding a wooden octant, the trade sign of an optical instrument maker

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Wooden figure holding a wooden octant, the trade sign of an optical instrument maker

This carved and painted wooden figure holding a wooden octant was the trade sign of an optical instrument maker. Although such figures are frequently referred to as 'The Little Midshipman' or 'The Little Admiral' this particular figure is actually wearing a lieutenant's full dress uniform of the 1787 to 1812 pattern. Charles Dickens refers to such wooden figures on the Georgian and Victorian street-scene in his novel 'Dombey and Son' (1846-1848) as the '...little timber midshipmen in obsolete naval uniforms, eternally employed outside the doors of nautical instrument makers in taking observations of the hackney coaches'.

  • Image reference: F4338

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