Alchemy’s Kate Wood recently restored a broken metal statuette called The Good Fairy.
This popular statuette dating from 1916 was manufactured by Jessie McCutcheon Raleigh of Chicago and is just under twelve inches tall. Originally, the piece had a bronze finish, but the piece Kate repaired had been painted white. The designer for this work was Josephine Kern. Once Kate repaired it, the figure’s grace emerged.
An unusual trait for this piece is that it is androgynous: one side is male, the other female.
According to Jessie McCutcheon Raleigh, the statue symbolized, “A good fairy that shall be grace and innocence and sunshine, that shall smile back in the the sad hearts of the old world, that shall spur people on to their best and in that way bring them good luck.”
The small statue became so popular during WWI that ‘Good Fairy Clubs’ were formed.
L.M. Montgomery, beloved author of Anne of Green Gables, wrote a poem inspired by this statue: