Thomas V. Brooks

This statue has been attributed to Thomas V. Brooks (1828-1895) of New York, who began his career carving figureheads for ships.  In 1855 he was approached by a local tobacco wholesaler to provide statues to sell to tobacco merchants.  In the 1880s he moved his flourishing business to Chicago. As late as 1886, other New York carvers lauded “Daddy Brooks” as one of the best carvers of statues for tobacco shops.