Carnival Parade Dragon

An original hand made carnival dragon as used in a parade, made in papier mache with illuminated eyes, circa 1980s…


SKU: RC00909.
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Product Description

An original carnival parade dragon…

Although we are unsure of the actual age of this piece, we believe it would date to the latter part of the 20th century. Maybe 1980s onwards… This unusual yet stunning hand made dragon has a great deal of craftsmanship in its build, forming a interesting decorative piece or a functional piece for another carnival or even a theatre or pantomime prop…

Hand made in papier mache, the dragon head is hand painted and features Red illuminated eyes. Simpy move the small metal switch on the head and the eyes light with a red glow (battery powered). The head is mounted on a wooden stick, enabling the lead individual to elevate it above his head and to form the front of the dragon. Being a ‘three man piece’, there are two other wooden sticks that individuals would have held to enable the dragon to expand to its full width (that being 2.5 metres)

The supporting body is made from material and is stitched together, supported with velcro strips in places. Although naively built in places, the piece is quite impressive when stretched out in its entirety…

We are offering this piece in ‘as found’ condition, therefore there is some natural wear and tear. Structurally the dragon head is great and the remainder of its body is all in tact. There are some surface scars and abrasions across the piece, and there is some paint chipping and some tatty areas in places. That said, we we feel the current condition simply adds to its charm and authenticity. Please do study the photos to help with your analysis as it would be hard to highlight all imperfections…

Please note : We have used a metal stand to support the dragon for photography purposes (not included with this listing). This isn’t the dragon’s natural position for its function

Dimensions : Depth : 25cm, Width : 250cm, Height : 30cm

Condition : Structurally good, some surface scars and abrasions, some paint chipping, some tatty and dirty areas to the material,

Please note : The battery pack which functions the lights has been hand made as a temporary measure and is naively built. One may want to smarten this area up with an ‘off the shelf’ battery pack

Postage : Large Item £15 or local collection

You can view this product in our Ralph & Co. showroom in Burwell, Cambridgeshire, CB25 0AA

We are open Fridays and Saturdays 9am to 5pm or personal viewing is available via appointment. Please do get in touch 07592 534 977

Additional Information

Dimensions 25 x 250 x 30 cm