Antique carved Czech drummer/soldier puppet

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Rare - and gorgeous - antique puppet/marionette made in Czech Republic or Austria.  We purchased this from a famous English collection.

This is a genuinely antique puppet and is full of detail and character. He is made from carved wood with a well-modelled plaster (and real hair!) head. He is beautifully costumed and painted. The detail is really good, so the maker was obviously very skilled. The clothes, which are very well done, seem to all be original.

A good, fairly large size to display - about 20 inches or 51 cm tall, excluding the hanging wire.

Please note that this is a genuine antique piece and the painted parts and fabrics show their age, though they are generally in very good condition for a puppet of this age. The top of the drum is split and could do with repair. Someone has inserted a cardboard tube into the drum to keep it rounded, and you might want to change this (or it could be simply left in place).

We will unattach the wire for sending, it's very easy to reattach as it just hooks on to the main body.

We will pack very carefully and we would recommend insurance.

Shipping note. Because antiques often need to be insured, we do NOT state shipping costs. If you purchase, please be aware that the price does not include shipping or insurance. We will be happy to quote the best possible shipping price, depending on your country, whether or not you would prefer insurance, and whether you need us to send by post or courier. Alternatively, please do contact us for an estimate of shipping before you purchase.

We always combine shipping on multiple purchases to give you the best possible value.