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  • Date:

    late 20th century (made)

  • Materials and Techniques:

    Carved wood, paint, wool, felt, cotton gabardine, velvet ribbon, and metal

  • Credit Line:

    Given by the British Puppet and Model Theatre Guild

  • Museum number:


  • Gallery location:

    In Storage

Physical description

Rod puppet of Edwin. He has a carved and painted face with a bored expression, brown wool hair, and felt hands. He wears a long green cotton gabardine gown, belted with dark green velvet ribbon with a silver button in the centre representing a buckle. The gown has sleeves which flare from the elbow, and he wears a separate stiff tall white collar and a light green tie tied in a large flat bow. A central wooden rod for operation from below is attached to the head and there are two metal bars ending in wooden handles fixed to each wrist to control the arms


late 20th century (made)

Materials and Techniques

Carved wood, paint, wool, felt, cotton gabardine, velvet ribbon, and metal


Height: 70.5 cm head to tip of arm rod

Object history note

This puppet, S.482 - S.484-2001 and S.486-2001 were used in the Chelsea Puppet Theatre Group's production of The Secret Well, a burlesque Mediaeval melodrama, staged between 1957 and 1985, when the theatre group was in operation

Descriptive line

Rod puppet of Edwin, suitor of Dorinda, from the burlesque Mediaeval melodrama The Secret Well. Chelsea Puppet Theatre Group. English, late 20th century


Wood; Paint; Wool yarn; Felt; Gabardine; Velvet ribbon; Metal


Carving; Painting; Sewing


Theatre and Performance Collection

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