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  • Place of origin:

    Great Britain (made)

  • Date:

    1860-1861 (made)

  • Artist/Maker:


  • Materials and Techniques:

    Painted wood

  • Credit Line:

    Given by A. W. Birks, Esq., London. [80/407]

  • Museum number:


  • Gallery location:

    Museum of Childhood, Moving Toys Gallery, case 2

Physical description

Pantin (Jumping Jack) in painted wood. Carved wood, painted all over with white and decorated with blue, red and yellow. The head is double faced and the top is shaped into a painted hat from which is a loop of string. The body is scored on the front and back to form triangles and diamonds. The arms are slightly curved and end in knobs for the hand. The legs are also curved with the lower halves painted blue. The legs and arms are attached to the body with iron nails. From the centre base of the body hangs a braided cord with the strings from the legs attached.

Place of Origin

Great Britain (made)


1860-1861 (made)



Materials and Techniques

Painted wood


Height: 31.8 cm whole object

Object history note

Handmade for a little girl convalescing in the seaside town of Great Yarmouth by a local longshoreman

Descriptive line

Painted wood jumping jack of a clown, England 1860-61.

Labels and date

Paintins, 1860-1979
A paintain is another name for a jumping jack. Paintins are usually made out of card. They came in sheets and have to be cut out and assembled. []


Wood; String (fiber product); Iron


Painting; Carving

Subjects depicted

Jumping jacks; Clowns


Images Online; Dolls and Toys; Children and Childhood


Museum of Childhood

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