I was looking at Architectural Digest in the dentist's yesterday and came across the picture of this mutton-chopped fellow (top) in the Designers Discoveries section. He temporarily lives at Bush Antiques in New Orleans.
They seemed a little unsure as to what he was. They think he's French but describe him as "Life Size Man Holding Lantern."
I think he's an early English Bobby. They were called Peelers after Robert Peel.
What do you think?