A set of four (4) painted, cast iron figurines in the form of “Mammy,” “Uncle Mose,” and a seated female "pickaninny," and a dancing, male "pickaninny."
A cast iron figurine in the form of “Mammy.” The figurine is depicted standing on a green base with her hands are clasped together at her waist and held slightly to the proper right. She has a bright red mouth and large eyes. She is wearing a white shirt, light yellow skirt, and black shoes. A red kerchief covers her head. A white sticker is adhered to the bottom the figurine. The black handwriting on the stickers reads [200 00 / SET of 4 / JOHN FIC].
A cast iron figurine in the form of “Uncle Mose.” The figurine is depicted seated on a metal block, painted light yellow, strumming a banjo. He is partially bald with a ring of gray hair around the back of his head, a gray beard, gray eyebrows, and a large, bright red mouth. He is wearing an off-white shirt, black vest, gray pants and black shoes. The banjo has been painted off-white. A white sticker is adhered to the bottom the figurine. The black handwriting on the stickers reads [200 00 / SET of 4 / HUBLEY / FIC].
A cast iron figurine in the form of a female "pickaninny." The girl is depicted seated on a gray rock with her hands in her lap. She is wearing a white dress with a red bow at the neck. Her hair is in four (4) pigtails on top of her head. The figurine's eyes are painted as if she is looking to the proper right, and she has a red mouth. A white sticker is adhered to the bottom the figurine. The black handwriting on the stickers reads [200 00 / SET of 4 / FIC].
A cast iron figurine in the form of a male "pickaninny." The boy is depicted in a dance pose with his elbows up, hands at his waist and his proper left knee bent and slightly raised to the side. He is standing on a green metal base. He is wearing a white shirt and light yellow pants. He has black painted hair and a bright red mouth. A white sticker is adhered to the bottom the figurine. The black handwriting on the stickers reads [200 00 / SET of 4 / FIC].
A cast iron coin bank in the form of a "pickaninny" boy eating a watermelon slice. The boy is standing on a tiered rectangular base. He is holding a slice of watermelon up to his mouth with both hands. The watermelon is painted red and green. The boy is wearing only gray shorts. A rectangular slot for inserting coins is located in the center of his upper back. The bank is made of two halves (front and back), joined in the center. There are two (2) metal screws on the back of the figure, one (1) in the center of his head and one (1) on the proper right calf. There is a round indentation on the proper left calf. An additional two (2) screws are located on the bottom of the base, under the figure's feet.
This book is a first edition, first printing of “The Conjure Woman," a collection of seven short stories, all set in "Patesville," North Carolina and told through the view point of the character Uncle Julius: The Goophered Grapevine, Po’ Sandy, Mars Jeems’s Nightmare, The Conjurer’s Revenge, Sis’ Becky’s Pickaninny, The Gray Wolf’s Ha’nt, and Hot-foot Hannibal. The book has a tan cloth binding. The front cover has three illustrations set in in red blocks at top center of the cover. From left to right the illustrations include a white hare, an elderly bald man with a beard, and a white hare. Title of book, [THE CONJURE WOMAN], is embossed beneath the red blocks in gold serif typeface and author's name, [CHARLES · W · CHESNUTT], centered at bottom of the front cover, also in gold serif typeface. The spine text is all printed in gold serif typeface. The text along the top third of the spine reads [THE / CONJURE / WOMAN]. The author's name [CHARLES W · / CHESNUTT], is embossed on the center of the spine and the name of the publishers [HOUGHTON / MIFFLIN CO] is embossed across the bottom of the spine. The book is two hundred and twenty-nine pages and includes a title page and contents page.