Rare 1923 KKK KU KLUX KLAN 8 STATUE KOTOP CHALKWARE White Robe BLACK AMERICANA. An estate find, this figurine measures 8 tall with base and is made Chalkware.
This statue depicts a Klan member standing with his arms crossed, wearing the distinctive floor-length, solid-white robe, decorated with a round red badge bearing an insignia with a cross, and a white, sharply pointed hat that includes a full-faced mask with eyeholes. On the bottom it reads: MADE BY KOTIE NOVELTY WORKS P. BOX 201 KANSAS CITY MO.
In the 1923 book by Henry Peck Fry, The Modern Ku Klux Klan, Fry, a former Kleagle or recruiter for the Klan, describes the ceremonies of the 1920's. Newly "naturalized" members of the Invisible Empire, he said, are introduced to the Mystical Insignia of a Klansman, with a celluloid button, red in color and inscribed with the letters KOTOP.
Some Kleagles say the letter KOTOP, stand for Knights of the Open Palm. " "Kotop" is also used as a hailing word by Klan members, its answer being "Potok, a reversal of the previous word. As to condition, there are some chips, flakes, and nicks here and there as you would expect from old plaster pieces.Most notably, there is a chip at the top of the hood, nicks on the back where the robe protrudes, flakes along the green base, flakes to the flesh color on one of the hands, and some wear to the Insignia on the chest. None of these detract from the significance of this piece. Even with these minor flaws, it is a striking statue of an individual wearing attire deliberately designed to disguise one's identity and to create an intimidating appearance. I do my best to pack items very carefully to ensure safe arrival. I would appreciate feedback so that I know you are pleased and that the item arrived safely.
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This item is in the category "Collectibles\Cultures & Ethnicities\Black Americana\Figures & Sculptures". The seller is "wegottheeye" and is located in Milltown, New Jersey. This item can be shipped worldwide.