Thursday, January 28, 2016

Deadly Jester Sticks

I came across an interesting Etsy shop that is owned by Lynda M. Jasper-Vogel. The shop is Sir Cedric's Good Heads and has an offering of jester sticks that were created by Jasper-Vogel in her California workshop between 1980 and 1990.

According to Jasper-Vogel,
"The jester stick, bauble, or fools head originated in the Middle Ages as a large phallus on a long stick with which fools and entertainers would hit each other during comedic sketches. When comedy became more sophisticated so did the jester stick. It evolved to the likeness of the jester and was used in the same way the a ventriloquist would use a dummy. Members of fashionable society would often have one made in their own likeness to be carried during important festivals."

The jester sticks for sale in her shop are one-of-a-kind or limited edition pieces that remained after the shop closed. These would be perfect accessories for Mardi Gras or perhaps a Halloween Ball.

Diablo Tres
Mystic Reveler
Pirate of the Caribbean
Bride and Groom
A Christmas Past
Jasper-Vogel also has jester sticks that are not skeletons in her shop. They're all beautifully crafted and would be perfect in any collection of Halloween art.

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