Very Rare 1898-1914 British Patriotic Propaganda Doll of Lord Horatio Kitchener For Sale
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Very Rare 1898-1914 British Patriotic Propaganda Doll of Lord Horatio Kitchener


Wimbledon-Furniture Wimbledon-Furniture is delighted to offer for auction this very rare circa 1898 to 1914 British Patriotic Propaganda Doll of Lord Horatio Kitchener. If the face looks familiar he was the chap on the Your Country Needs YOU posters as pictured, these dolls are exceptionally collectable, they never come up for sale. Description Large scale doll featuring bisque head, hands and feet; with a painted character head in the likeness of Lord Kitchener. Doll is supplied with an officer's cap made from khaki cotton drill, leather, gold braid and red felt on a thick card base. The tunic and knee-length breeches are also made from cotton drill and feature four patch pockets, with nickel-plated paper fasteners for buttons, real leather Sam Browne belt and holster, red felt collar tabs and a length of scrap medal ribbon under a blue band sewn to the left breast to represent Kitchener's medals. A length of 13 mm wide cotton tape is wrapped round each leg to represent puttees. The bisque boots are painted dark brown. The doll's body is cloth with a wadding fill, to which the bisque hands, feet and head have been sewn. History / Summary A product of the Lord Roberts Workshops in England, which were set up during the First World War to provide employment to disabled soldiers and sailors, this doll was a popular feature of their "Patriotic" series. Kitchener initially rose to prominence upon becoming Commander-in-Chief of the Egyptian army and taking the city of Khartoum in 1898 after a two year battle which earned him the nickname of "Kitchener of Khartoum". He cemented his reputation towards the end of the Boer War, during which time Australian troops came into contact with him. From 1902 -1909, Field Marshall Viscount Kitchener commanded Britain's Indian forces. In 1909/10 he visited Australia at the invitation of Prime Minister Alfred Deakin to inspect and advise on the country's defence preparedness. Kitchener's report, submitted in February 1910, recommended the introduction of compulsory military training which was immediately adopted, as was the establishment of the Military College, Duntroon. His visit was accompanied by popular outpourings of sentiment and the production of countless souvenirs. The British government had no hesitation in appointing Kitchener the Secretary of State for War in 1914, employing his face on the now famous "I Want You" recruiting posters and handing him the administration of all British Forces. Against his better judgement, and under considerable pressure from Winston Churchill, Kitchener agreed to support the Gallipoli campaign in February 1915, but its disastrous outcome damaged his military reputation. His tour of Gallipoli on 13 November 1915 included meeting Australian troops and their commanders. Kitchener died on 5 June 1916, when the cruiser he was sailing on was sunk by a German mine off Scapa Flow. Dimensions & weight to follow. This item is available for collection from our Wimbledon warehouses SW19-3BE, we can have it delivered nationwide to include Scotland Wales and Ireland. Please contact me via email or my contact information is under the business seller section of the listing with your postcode for a delivery quotation. Please be sure to include which item you would like to buy as the price is determined on size and distance, if you would like more than one piece of furniture we offer a substantial discount on the second and third item, for international shipping please view the below information ABOUT US Wimbledon-Furniture is a privately owned family ran business out of Wimbledon SW19, we have four large storage warehouse’s, if you have any questions my number is under the business sellers information, please feel free to call or text CONDITION Please view the very detailed pictures as they form part of the description around condition Please also ask any questions before you bid and not after, all of our items are sold as seen and as listed Please note vintage period and original items such as leather seating will always have natural patina in the form of cracking creasing and wear, we recommend regular waxing to ensure no moisture is lost, also hand dyed leather is not recommended to sit in direct sunlight for prolonged periods of time as it will dry out and fade COURIER (LARGE ITEMS ONLY THAT CAN’T BE POSTED) Absolutely nothing is sent for free, every item has a specific price for delivery, please ask for a quote before you bid and not after Your invoice will be sent with zero balance in the delivery section, this is because all delivery fees are paid directly to the courier company to keep your costs down, if we charge you through eBay we have to add eBay and PayPal fees, vat and other taxes to make sure the courier company are paid the exact amount they charge We can arrange delivery nationwide, mostly with Wimbledon couriers, for the very far North and South we use KDM couriers, for Europe we use Anyvan to find the cheapest quote, for the rest of the world it is location specific Whoever delivers will usually require some help on the larger items to unload, if this is not possible please let us know as it will affect the price to send a two man team Delivery is to the ground floor only, again if you need help upstairs or in flats etc that's absolutely not a problem, the couriers charge £10 per flight per man per item, if you have a working elevator then naturally there’s no additional fee All courier fees are paid by yourself directly to the courier company, the contract for delivery is between yourselves the client and whichever courier you chose from those available I’m happy to accommodate your own courier after a cleared payment has been received, they need to book in a collection time with at least 24 hour’s notice, all collections must be made within 14 working days of the close of the auction unless agreed by prior arrangement INTERNATIONAL Delivery time can take two to three weeks depending on the courier’s routes for the above-mentioned countries The price listed is just a guide, please contact us for a quote before buying, if you have your own courier or wish to book the collection for yourself we are happy to accommodate you.


  • Creator
    Lord Roberts Workshops (Designer)
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  • Condition
  • Wear
    Wear consistent with age and use. Minor fading.
  • Dimensions
    H 14 in. x W 4.5 in. x D 2 in.H 35.56 cm x W 11.43 cm x D 5.08 cm
  • Seller Location
    London, GB
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