This is a mid-19th Century Staffordshire figurine of the English Highwayman, Tom King
There are raised letters on the base annotating the title of the flatback figure - these would have originally been highlighted with gold gilt - but this has in the main rubbed off over the years.
The figurine shows the notorious highwayman, Tom King (c.1712 – 19 May 1737) who operated in the Essex and London areas. King was a close associate of fellow highwayman Dick Turpin. He was regarded as a rather swashbuckling, charming, devil-may-care character. Because of his manners when robbing his victims, King became known as "the gentleman highwayman", and "Captain King.
My figure shows King mounted on his white horse - he wears a tricorn hat, blue top coat, with yellow breeches below. He holds a small pistol in his right hand. He is positioned in front of a bright green grassy bank.
This figure is in good antique condition - with no chips or cracks - the legs of King's horse have not been broken, and given that they are very fine and vulnerable areas - this is most remarkable.
A very fine display piece.
Dimensions: 11 1/2 inches in height. Width is 8 inches and the depth is 2 3/4 inches.
Weight unpacked is 1.2 kg
Sadly, I will not be able to post this one outside of the UK.