The Beadle handpuppet (Punch and Judy, c.1840)

From The Brighton Toy and Model Index
Exhibit

The Beadle handpuppet (Punch and Judy, c.1840)

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location:
Arch One , Area 81
Brighton Beach (display)
Glamour of Brighton

A handpuppet of "The Beadle", from Punch and Judy.

The Beadle is dressed in blue, with a vertical gold sash, and a black hat with a curved yellow trim running across the top edge, from side to side.

A "beadle" is a local parish lawkeeper.

The puppet dates from around 1840, and has a head made from moulded composition, and wooden hands and feet.