Ringmaster Marionette

Ringmaster Marionette

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Description (Brief)
The circus has a a long history in America entertainment beginning in the 18thc, Traveling by wagon and train the circus exposed Americans to sites and sounds never seen before, including exotic animals, people from far away lands and daring performances that required great skill and bravery. Popular with all ages, the Haines brought the spirit of the circus to hundreds of people in an around Philadelphia through their elaborate puppet shows.
The Haines' circus puppet characters included Tightrope Star, Mitzi from Vienna, Boxers Kanga and Roo, Patagonian Pigs Pinkie and Patti, Tony the Dog in clown outfit, performing bears Laska, Pete and Repete, Flying Trapeze Artist Tim, Mugsy the Barker, and a Ringmaster..
The ringmaster is carved from wood with hinged limbs and a swivel neck.. His facial features are intricately paintedand with a wig and hairy moustache.hair i he is dressed in a short black cotton coat with tails, a red plaid vest over a white ruffled shirt, a white top hat. and black leather knee high boots. He looks ever bit the part of the ringmasterhe He operated with a 5-piece ariplance control with a clamp and 16 strings.
Currently not on view
Object Name
Object Type
date made
Haines, Elizabeth L.
Haines, Frank D.
Haines, Elizabeth L.
Haines, Frank D.
place made
United States: Pennsylvania, Philadelphia
Physical Description
linen (overall material)
wool (overall material)
fiber, synthetic, rayon (overall material)
felt (overall material)
hair (overall material)
adhesive (overall material)
plastic (overall material)
wood (overall material)
paint (overall material)
metal (overall material)
overall: 23 in x 6 in x 3 in; 58.42 cm x 15.24 cm x 7.62 cm
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Elizabeth and Frank D. Haines
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National Museum of American History
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