This Faithful Groomsman model cast iron statue represents an African-American Lawn Jockey or Young African-American Slave standing on a square bale of cotton. It was manufactured by the JW Fiske Company around 1865 who was the preeminent maker and retailer of architectural cast zinc and cast-iron in New York from 1862 to 1900. This particular model was listed in their catalog. During the 19th Century the Faithful Groomsman statue was a popular item and the "Jacko Graves" story it represented was well known.Tom "Jacko" Graves was an African American youth who served during the American Revolutionary War alongside General George Washington who was quite impressed with his dedication with helping the troops. This historic Lawn Jockey was intended to be placed in front yards as hitching posts similar to those of footmen lanterns found near residential or business entrances. This statue is in very good condition with no visible cracks or breaks. It has been re-painted (now with a white complexion) and the current layers of paint are loose and peeling off. The lantern held by the figure is a contemporary addition (circa 1920s).
Measures 45" tall with a 15 1/2" square x 7 tall base. Overall in VERY GOOD condition.Please refer to the photos for the absolute best details. Please message us with any questions. These charges are the buyers responsibility. We do not mark merchandise values below value or mark items as gifts - US and International government regulations prohibit such behavior. Please note that we try our hardest to assure accurate descriptions of the items we list. Thank you and good luck! This item is being offered by: The Hitching Post Antiques Mall. We are located 2 miles west of beautiful Tecumseh, Michigan, on M-50 near the intersection of M-52. Our store operates seven days a week, 361 days a year, during the hours of 10:00 a. - Your Friends at the Hitching Post Antiques Mall. Please check out my other items. And be sure to add me to your favorites list. The item "Rare 19th Century Cast Iron African-American Lawn Boy Hitching Post JW Fiske NY" is in sale since Thursday, August 15, 2019. This item is in the category "Collectibles\Cultures & Ethnicities\Black Americana\Figures & Sculptures".
The seller is "hitchingpostantiques" and is located in Tecumseh, Michigan. This item can't be shipped, the buyer must pick up the item.