Here is an incredibly rare Popeye Collectible- this fully 14 tall, wonderfully on-model vintage 1930's porcelain material painted figure of Thimble Theatre's most remembered inhabitant, the worlds strongest sailing-man, POPEYE. I've collected comic strip art, toys, and Popeye stuff for over 40 years, and this is a SUPER RARE piece, and truly beautifully crafted and hand painted. He is readily identifiable to the Popeye, (Thimble Theatre) version of E.SEGAR's reknown comic strip from about 1935. Popeye is even weirder looking a few years earlier, and becomes distinctly different looking after Segar passed away in 1938. It's Popeye right at the peak of his career! I will guarantee the piece is extremely early in writing with a COA. This piece, and a couple of Segar Sunday originals have been the prizes of my collection.
I've owned this huge figurine since 1983, when I bought it at the estate sale of one of the wealthiest citizens of our local town. The house was a 19th century victorian mansion, full of wonderful 1800's gothic furniture, very old and valuable books and paper, and this one cartoon piece. It is as rare as a wiffle-hen's tooth.The base reads "Blow Me Down" No other writing or date. Just an anchor on his arm. This is why I know the material is a shiny white, porcelain looking material. The figure is mostly hollow.
Hard to see signs of the repair in the form of paint crackling and it does not detract from the piece. Everything else is very nice.A bit of wear to paint here and there- see pictures. This is an absolutely knock out piece. The best thing about the piece is just how wonderfully well it presents the mid-30's look of Popeye. I will pack this with huge amounts of bubblewrap and styrofoam and will insure. The item "14Tall POPEYE The SAILOR1935 Vintage VeryRARE Figure E. SEGAR Blow Me Down" is in sale since Saturday, October 24, 2020. This item is in the category "Collectibles\Animation Art & Characters\Animation Characters\Popeye".
The seller is "dukstuf" and is located in Washington, Pennsylvania. This item can be shipped worldwide.