Standing pertly on round bases, with a mallet hanging from one hand and a dinner gong from the other, these gay little figures will add a touch of color to your table. If desired, they can be mounted on large, square bases and used in restaurants and tea rooms to hold napkins and menus as well as dinner gongs.
Each figure is screwed to its base and has a short dowel in one hand on which to hang the gong and an L-hook in the other hand for the mallet, which has a screw eye in the end of the handle. The gongs are tin-can lids hammered to a concave shape, and the mallets are small wooden blocks fitted with dowel handles. On the cowboy figure, a napkin holder is provided by placing a miniature rail fence 2 in. behind the figure, while the menu holder consists of two dowels set into the base 1 in. behind the fence. For the chef, the napkin holder is made by mortising and gluing two pieces of thin wood into the base behind the figure as indicated, using two dowels to hold menus. – R.L. Fairall, Los Angeles, Calif.