Folk Carved Cigar Store Indian
Folk carved cigar store indian with interesting history. The story of this piece has its beginning in Cape Breton around the mid 20th century. In the 1970`s it sat out front of a Halifax antique business and was later auctioned and found its way to the Clementsport theme park which at the time ran a folk art exhibition. When the park closed its folk art display in the 80`s it was once again put up for auction. It was purchased by a furniture restorer who had to recarve the beckoning finger which the park had found offensive and had it removed . He also had to repaint the lower skirt where kids had thrown knives at it. He had sat it out front of his shop only to find the paint peeling off and revealing the original polychrome paint. She is now residing in my shop were she greats all with her beckoning finger, also used to ward off unruly customers . She stands 74 inches tall on her wheels by approx. 14 1/2 wide & 15 1/2 inches at the deepest point.