A Unique Vintage Madame Tussauds Male Waxwork Head c.1960


Origin: British
Period: Mid Twentieth Century
Provenance: Unknown
Date: c.1960
Height: 10 inches
Circumference: 23 inches (at temple)

The waxwork modelled head with glass eyes, realistically rendered eyelashes, side parted brown hair, a full aged forehead and slight knowing grin, with a plaster applied to the neck and a ghostly white glow to the whole, possibly belonging to that of disc jockey David Jacobs (b.1926) or perhaps, just a rather more mysterious sitter.

Condition wise there are no major flaws to report, with no cracks or major structural anomalies.

David Lewis Jacobs CBE (born 19 May 1926) is a British actor and broadcaster who gained prominence as presenter of the peak-time BBC Television show Juke Box Jury and the BBC Radio 4 political forum, Any Questions? If this isn’t Mr Jacobs, the name of this rather cheerful looking waxy ghost is still unknown.

Madame Tussauds has roots dating back to the Paris of 1770 and it was here that Madame Tussaud learnt to model wax likenesses under the tutelage of her mentor, Dr Philippe Curtius. At the age of 17, she became art tutor to King Louis XVI’s sister at the Palace Of Versailles and then, during the French Revolution, was hastily forced to prove her allegiance to the feudalistic nobles by making the death masks of executed aristocrats. Madame Tussaud came to Britain in the early 19th century alongside a traveling exhibition of revolutionary relics and effigies of public heroes and rogues.

The less pasty real life Mr Jacobs is honorary high steward of the Royal Borough of Kingston, vice-patron of the charity Advance Centre for The Scotson Technique, and patron of the Disabled Photographers' Society. We’ve duly tried quizzing this imposter on all of the above to prove his claim to fame but he’s more interested in talking about the pedestrianisation of Norwich town center. Odd.