With jacket blue and trousers white
Just like a sailor neat and tight
Sure the sea it was the heart's delight
Of the female rambling sailor.
When in storm upon the raging sea
She was ready at her station
And her mind was as calm as calm could be
She loved her occupation.
Rambling Female Sailor, circa 1830s
In the old folk song, a young and pretty maiden decides to dress as a sailor and run off to sea. Although this bathing beauty wears a swimsuit rather than "jacket blue and trousers white," she certainly appears to be calm and content as she sails her rather undersized schooner over the bounding main. Of good china, this sea-going siren is actually a trinket or powder box. Incised above waves on the back “Germany 10782, this belle and her boat are 5.5 inches high and 4 inches tall.