FAMOUS JACK TAR CARVING OF THE NAVIGATOR
Presented is a hand carved wood figure of a mythical
sailor dressed in uniform that is referred to as a "JACK TAR". He is shown holding a very large 17 inch early
octant which is included, a $400.00 value. He has painted brown hair and blue eyes, and his uniform jacket is navy blue
over a maroon waist coat with white shirt under, white pants and black top hat, socks and shoes on a green base. Figures
such as this were commonly used as a trade sign in front of chandlery shops and by other merchants selling nautical gear,
equipment and supplies to catch the attention of their customers. Many so called Jack Tars were the work of woodcarvers who
specialized in carving ship's figureheads. This contemporary version stands 51" inches high and is 19 inches wide. It stands
on a base that is 15" D x 13 1/2" W x 2 1/2" H. The estimated weight is 65 pounds.
HISTORY OF THE TERM: During the early sailing ship
era, sailors were referred to by their first names only and Jack was most common. Tar was used as a waterproofing
agent on ships gear and rigging and also to waterproof a seaman's clothing. Hence, the term Jack Tar evolved. In the U.S.
Navy a Jack Tar was a seaman that had his act together and was reliable and trustworthy.
Wood carved figures were especially popular with nautical equipment suppliers,
outfitters, instrument makers, and sail makers. They all used carved figures to promote their wares to the crews
of various ships in port. Some of these figures were carved by the sailors themselves. To relieve the tedium
of most voyages, the sailors used the jack-knives they carried to whittle. One such wood carving is " The
Navigator" that was carved for the shop of James Fales, a nautical instrument maker from New Bedford, Massachusetts.
The figure demonstrates a navigator using an octant and it is likely this piece has been copied from the original.
CONDITION: The paint is in generally good condition
with only a few scratches and dings. There is an age crack or cracks that runs down the center from the top of his
hat to his crotch. The two arms have similar cracks at the elbows and have been securely fastened to the figure using
screws. This adds to the character and interest. The octant which is a period piece is missing its arc, name plate and a second
peep sight which when used in this fashion is of no consequence.
SHIPPING: The buyer is responsible for making arrangements for
packing and shipping using his own forwarding agent and carrier. If the buyer wishes to use the seller's assistance for
shipment, he shall hold seller harmless for any damages or loss arising out of their participation. Shipping can be arranged
through LDG Delivery Service for approximately $250.00 for the U.S. East Coast, and certain cities in Michigan, and Indiana.
Contact L. Drew Gerard, for quotes. 561-212-7159, Email: email@example.com
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with your purchase it may be returned, if without damage, within three days of receipt in its original packaging. Return items
must be insured for their full value. A prior email authorization by us for the return is required. Unfortunately, shipping
charges are not included in this offer and are non-refundable unless due to our error.