Hand made marionette depicting the mythical Lepricorn character. 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 lepricorn, which is wearing a long green jacket which is in good condition. The hat is made of the same type of fabric, but is a lighter shade. He has a blue belt with buckle which is loose at the back, and mid-length brown pants. His feet are made like the other puppets but has black vinyl nailed around his ankles, to form a boot - there is some damage to the felt sole. The lepricorn has painted red legs and large orange hands. His head has remained intact and there is little damage to the paintwork. His white hair and beard is largely intact. His large, pointy, brown ears are made of leather and nailed to the sides of his head, they are a little dirty. He has bead eyes which hang from a small piece of string. The lepricorn has a very long neck made from a cylindrical piece of wood which fits inside his head and up into his hat- so the head can be raised to various heights. It has a 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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