Vintage Flanged Phone Sign — 24″
Approximate Weight: 60 lbs
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Most folks are unaware of the furtive and noble role these “Jockos” played in the first half of the 19th Century.
These statues were used as markers on the Underground Railroad throughout the South into Canada. Green ribbons were tied to the arms of the statue to indicate safety; red ribbons meant to keep going.
These figures, which were sometimes used in a clandestine nature, and sometimes without the knowledge of the person who owned the statue, was a positive and supportive image to African-Americans on the road to freedom.
Sometimes a flag was put into the hand of the statue to indicate safety.
It’s because of this role that jockeys – or their precursors, the groomsmen, which were dressed in slave’s clothing–have become sought-after collectibles.
Take home a piece of history. All original, guaranteed authentic
All are believed to be original paint and condition.
Circa 1800’s to early 1900’s
(4) Available. In chronological order from the first image on left
1. Concrete Jockey – measures 26″ tall ($435) Approximate weight 60lbs
2. Cast Iron Bellboy – measures 38″ tall x 1″ thick ($725) Approximate weight 35lbs
3. Cast Iron Jockey- measures 40″ tall ($525) – SOLD –
4. Cast Iron Jockey- measures 50″ tall ($795) Approximate weight 75lbs
You will receive this exact item in photo!