Can you imagine saying farewell to your loved one as he set off on a months-long ocean journey? Dangers at sea, illness on board....a zillion hazards could take a life in a blink. And those at home didn't have even a photograph to gaze upon while they waited. Thoughts like this float through my head whenever I gaze upon a Staffordshire figure with a naval connection, and I am surprised there aren't more of them. I came across this pair in the collection of the National Maritime Museum recently.
This lovely sailor is taller, about 9". I photographed him from the Willett Collection, Brighton, and I have not seen another.
The big figures are grand, and we all love them. And yes, I like many of the classical figures too...in fact, I like too many things! But ultimately the most engaging figures are those that give us glimpses of life as it once was. That's what hooked me on collecting--and it still does.