Vintage KANSAS JAYHAWKS Figurine c. 1923-1929 rare yes

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  • Sold Date: Nov 24, 2008
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Album Wave the wheat , KU fans, this is one you probably won't have seen: it's likely from the 1920s--I'm basing that on the University of Kansas athletic homepage's Traditions/"The History of the Jayhawk" link; his appearance fits the mascot's 1923-1929 incarnation--so this little Jayhawk's even older than the 1940s-era figurine my she-moved-to-Lawrence-in-1895-in-a-covered-wagon grandmother left me (my great-grandparents are buried in Lawrence, thank you for asking). This little customer is made, I believe, out of cast iron, and then was most likely handpainted and sold in the campus bookstore, way back when life on campus was roaring with flappers, cloche hats, raccoon coats, and bootleg gin. To give you a bit of an idea of how old this is, let's say it was made in 1926; now, a KU freshman traipsing up and down Mt. Oread, eighteen years young in '26, would, by Christmas 2008, be 100 years old!! As this little Jayhawk will be within only 20 years. This Lucky Jayhawk--for KU figurines are always thus dubbed--arrived in our household via a lucky thrift store find in San Antonio, about a month before (can you guess....wait for it....) our Jayhawks won the national title, right in S.A. and about three miles from our hacienda. In fact, I credit this little guy right along with Mario Chalmers--as, you see, I was holding Lucky Jayhawk in my hand when Mario launched his trey heard 'round the world. Tony --I'm a native Kansan and a lifelong KU hoops fan, but storage is a problem and things need to be dusted and...and...this little guy should be with an actual KU grad (Pittsburg State M.A. English for Christmas, so, having no real idea of his value (other than "inestimable," of course, on the lucky front), I'll list him for 19.52--the year, naturally, Phog Allen won his national title. Lucky Jayhawk has had his feathers ruffled, so to speak--t are patches of paint missing and, somehow, he's got a hairline (excuse me, "featherline") crack on his Jayhawks side running from the back of his head to almost the tip of his beak; he's not in any danger of falling apart--indeed, he will last, easily, for another 80+ years, as the cracks are not at all deep--check the pix and you can see the various small cracks also on the base. The paint is NOT flaking off, by the way. He'll stay red and blue with a yellow beak proudly thrust, depending on how you position him, ready to take on any KSU Wildcats to the west or (shudder) any Missouri Tigers (has Quantrill graduated yet, the b*st*rd?) to the east, for your lifetime and your children's, too. Lucky weighs just over nine ounces, so this is more than half-a-pound of KU history (and he's 4" tall x 2.75"). Don't let him fall into the wrong hands--I'd like to see another national title or two before I go. >>> BUYER PAYS $6.00 S/H VIA PRIORITY MAIL DOMESTIC; INTERNATIONAL CUSTOMERS PLEASE INQUIRE! WE VALUE -ALL- OUR CUSTOMERS, AT HOME & ABROAD!! <<
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