Dear John: I received a little metal statue when my mother married my stepfather in the 1950s. He was from New York and had several friends that were in the theater. The theater was a special interest of mine, so I was given the statue, but without any history of it.
I thought the Academy of Music was a school in New York, so any inquiries failed to turn up any information on this statue. Then the night before a friend and I were to attend an Antiques Roadshow, I went online again. What a surprise this time.