WASHINGTON - SEBASTIAN MASONIC FIGURINE
Over 1,100 different
Sebastian Miniatures were designed and produced by Prescott W. Baston from
1938 to the present. The great miniaturist died in 1984, and his son Prescott,
Jr.(Woody) carried on the tradition of Sebastian "Folks in Little." All
figurines were handcast and hand painted in New England. The statue of George
Washington, as Commander-in-Chief of the Continental Army, was designed by
Thomas Ball(1819-1911) of Florence, Italy. The fifteen foot statue stood atop
a 65 foot high monument located in Methuen, Mass from 1900 to 1959. The bronze
statue of Washington was displayed at the Chicago World's Fair in 1893. The
monument was commissioned by Edward F. Searles and was unveiled in Methuen on
February 22, 1900. In 1959 it was sold to Forrest Lawn Memorial Park in
California. The artist's model of Washington is possessed by John Hancock
Lodge, A.F. & A.M. and is housed in the Masonic Temple in Methuen which was a
gift of Edward Searles to the lodge in memory of his father, Jesse Gould
Searles. The base measures 2" in diameter. It stands about 3-1/2" high.
Washington is clad in his classic cloak and uniform. The color is off white.
His facial characteristics are outstanding. WASHINGTON is inscribed in the
front of the figurine. On the bottom, it has a brown tone label with the
Sebastian trademark, 1996. On the back of the figurine it has P.W.
Baston Jr, and John Hancock Lodge A.F. & A.M. Very nice figurine that really
captures the essence of Washington. Came with the original box. It also came
with an information card. It is Sebastian #7929.