Sailor Jerry hula girl statues

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2015-06-26 10:47:07

Sailor Jerry hula girl statues are collectible figurines of the hula girl associated with the Sailor Jerry brand.

Background and Description

Norman Keith Collins (1911-1973) was a sailor and prominent American tattoo artist, renowned for tattooing sailors in his distinctive and influential style. He was also known as Sailor Jerry. His protégés took over his shop after his death, took this nickname, and made it into a brand.

This brand owns Collins’ letters, recognisable tattoo art and flash. It produces merchandise connected with his designs, including ash trays, clothing, playing cards, shot glasses etc, and of course, the popular brand of spiced Navy rum.

The hula girl, among other pin-up girls, was a quintessential tattoo design of Collins and given to hundreds of sailors. She is featured on the rum label, and many other items of merchandise. Sailor Jerry hula girl statues are one of these items.

The Sailor Jerry hula girl statues are 42” tall, designed to sit on a car dashboard and bob up and down with movement. They could also sit on a desk or bar.

Collecting Sailor Jerry hula girl statues, and their value

Sailor Jerry have discontinued production of these hula girl dashboard statues, which used to sell for $10-$20 through various clothing and merchandise outlets and websites.

The good news is, this means that these statues are likely to become more valuable and collectible as time goes on, unless Sailor Jerry or another company begin producing them again. At present (as of August 2012), adverts can be found on the internet advertising second hand Sailor Jerry hula girl statues for $100.

They can be found on auction sites such as eBay or if lucky, in vintage or antique shops or fairs, rummage sales, or flea markets. They are more valuable when they retain their original decorative packaging box.

4ft or 5ft wooden hula girl statues intended for advertising Sailor Jerry rum are more commonly seen on auction websites such as eBay. These generally sell for a few hundred dollars.

A plethora of different hula girl statues are readily available, but not under the Sailor Jerry brand name, in the distinctive Sailor Jerry style (as pictured).

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