A Time Remembered

Circa: 1984
Condition: Used
Manufacturer: Flambro Imports
This beautifully crafted figurine, Spirit of Christmas 1 figurine, of the worlds most famous clown Emmett Kelly Jr. is the First of a series to come out by Flambro Imports.
The Limited Edition number is #2764 out of 3500 pieces made.
When Emmett Kelly, Jr. was born on November 13, 1923 in Dyersburg, Tennessee, it was the closing-day performance for the John Robinson Circus; the circus which employed his father to entertain young and old alike as the clown/mime Weary Willie. For the first few years of his life, young Emmett traveled with his parents on the circus circuit becoming a veteran of life on the road. When Emmett finished school, World War II was being fought. At the age of 18 Kelly enlisted in the U.S. Navy and spent almost three years in the Pacific participating in major operations in Iwo Jima and Okinawa. Although he was raised under the Big Top, he chose to pursue a career as an automotive mechanic and railroad switch tender after the war ended. Fifteen years later, Kelly answered the call of circus life and clowning when he debuted at the 1960 Circus Festival in Peru, Indiana. There, for the first time, encouraged and trained by his father, he donned the Weary Willie costume and make-up and portrayed the lovable mime. In every performance, Emmett Kellly, Jr. presented the famous Sweeping the Spotlight routine which has become a pantomime classic. Emmett Kelly, Jr. died of complications of pneumonia on Wednesday November 29, 2006 in Sierra Vista, Arizona at the Sierra Vista Regional Health Center which is near his home in Tombstone, Arizona.
I had the privilege of meeting him and having him sign this piece in person, I've also enclosed pictures of the signing, at the Limited Edition in Merrick, Long Island, New York. What a day that was not only to be able to meet Emmett Kelly Jr. in person but to be made such a fuss over when I took this rarely found piece out of my bag and was rushed to the beginning of the line. Actually, that day he signed 2 pieces for me. I am the original owner and this piece was out of it's box 3 times. The Christmas I received it December 25,1984, the day he signed it and the day I took the measurments to add it to my shop.
Everything is original, the box it came in, the shipping box and the attached label and booklet. An excellent piece it measures 7 3/4 inches long, 9 3/4 inches tall and 5 1/2 inches wide without the wood display base which measures 1 inch deep, 8 inches wide and 11 1/4 inches long.
An addition to any Flambro Import, Clown Figurine or Emmett Kelly Jr. Figurine Collection.
SH & Ins. will be quoted after orders placed. If you have any questions please feel free to contact me and thank you for looking.

Flambro Emmett Kelly Jr. Spirit Of Christmas I Figurine

  • Your price: $4000.00
  • Item Number: ek01
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