A squire was originally a young man, probably fifteen or sixteen, who aspired to become a knight. As part of his training, he became an attendant to a knight. A squire’s duties consisted of dressing the knight, serving meals, caring for the horses and cleaning the armor and weapons. When the boy turned twenty and he proved himself worthy enough, he became a knight. But during the Middle Ages, a squire became recognized more as a social rank, instead of a means to knighthood. This wooden doll portrays a squire and dates from the early to mid 20th century.
The Children's Museum of Indianapolis
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