Hand made marionette depicting a soldier waving a sword. It was manufactured and operated in Melbourne by Alex and Murray Smith, who performed as part of Le Forgeron Marionettes from 1930 until 1956.

Physical Description

Marionette depicting a soilder, who is wearing a red jacket with a black vinyl belt. On the jacket there is a large white x across his front and back, from his shoulders to his waist. There are five black and gold buttons down his front. His trousers are white and have become somewhat discoloured and have several small holes. His black shoes have been painted on and his felt soles are still intact. The soldier's hands are large and unpainted. Attached to the soldier's hand is a wooden sword painted in silver and gold. The soldier's face remains largely intact with minimal chipping, although it is extremely cracked. His grey hair is painted on, as are his blue eyes. The soldier wears a black hat nailed to his head. The hat has a visor and has been decorated in gold trim and cardboard. This marionette has a three piece mechanism. There are operating strings attached to numerous parts of him, including his head, limbs and shoulders. The feet have been weighted

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