Royal Bahamas Policeman Bobblehead

When it comes to deciding whether to keep the best kept secrets of the Bahamas, well, secret, I always seem to fight an internal battle of sorts. Even as a local, a person who has forever called the 700 islands “home,” I often find myself stumbling across untold experiences. Or in this particular case an under publicized souvenir; underpublicized given a quick search on the world-wide-web leads me to think that I am the first to write about it. Perhaps others are far better at keeping a secret than I? Then again, as it’s sold for a mere 15 dollars, and a souvenir far more authentic than the commercial 3-for-10-dollars “Bahamas” t-shirts, I highly doubt it.

Standing at nearly 8 inches tall, and dressed in traditional garb influenced by our British heritage, the figurine, like the sworn in Royal Bahamian Policeman, dones a white pith helmet and tunic: both similarly designed to the navy ones once worn by the Metropolitan police in London. For many the figurine will call to mind images of policeman directing traffic on tourist-trodden Bay Street. But for me, personally, it welcomes memories of our own wedding at the Queen’s Staircase, where at the top of the stairs in the Fort Fincastle Gift Shop, I found and immediately purchased the bobbled souvenir.


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