Policeman Doll, 1905-1909, Earle Ovington's Mascot "Treize"

Summary

Air mail pilot Earle Ovington adopted this doll as his personal mascot, carrying it with him on every flight. He named the doll, modeled after a French policeman, "Treize" -- the French word for "thirteen." It was Ovington's lucky number. He had "13" painted on his airplane's wings because, he recalled, no other pilot dared to use that particular number.

Air mail pilot Earle Ovington adopted this doll as his personal mascot, carrying it with him on every flight. He named the doll, modeled after a French policeman, "Treize" -- the French word for "thirteen." It was Ovington's lucky number. He had "13" painted on his airplane's wings because, he recalled, no other pilot dared to use that particular number.

Artifact

Cloth doll

Date Made

1905-1909

Creators

Steiff, Margarete, 1847-1909 

Place of Creation

Germany 

Heroes Of The Sky
 On Exhibit

at Henry Ford Museum in Heroes of the Sky

Object ID

36.33.7

Credit

From the Collections of The Henry Ford. Gift of P.G. Morriss

Material

Felt (Textile)
Leather

Color

Black (Color)
Blue

Dimensions

Height: 14 in

Width: 4 in

Depth: 5 in

Inscriptions

Metal button backside of left ear: STEIFF In marker on bottom of right shoe: 13

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