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Dickens Characters

Circa 1928

“Little Nell & Artful Dodger”

Price: $650 / pair

Dickens Characters Bookends. Manufacturer unknown.  Circa 1928.  Hand-painted polychrome gray metal.  The slightly taller bookend measures 8” high x 4-1/2” wide x 3-1/3” deep.  The pair weighs 6-1/2 lbs.  Original felt on bottom of base.  Minor age-related paint chipping.  Professionally cleaned to restore colors.   Extremely rare and  in outstanding condition. 

# 3039


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Dickens Characters bookends


Little Nell, from the 1841 Dickens novel, “The Old Curiosity Shop.” The story follows the life of Nell Trent,  a beautiful and virtuous young orphaned girl of 'not quite fourteen’,  who lives with her grandfather in The Old Curiosity Shop in London. 


“He was a snub-nosed, flat-browed, common-faced boy enough; and as dirty a juvenile as one would wish to see; but he had about him all the airs and manners of a man. He was short of his age: with rather bow-legs, and little, sharp, ugly eyes. His hat was stuck on the top of his head so lightly, that it threatened to fall off every moment--and would have done so, very often, if the wearer had not had a knack of every now and then giving his head a sudden twitch, which brought it back to its old place again. He wore a man's coat, which reached nearly to his heels. He had turned the cuffs back, half-way up his arm, to get his hands out of the sleeves: apparently with the ultimated view of thrusting them into the pockets of his corduroy trousers; for there he kept them. He was, altogether, as roystering and swaggering a young gentleman as ever stood four feet six, or something less, in the bluchers.”

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Jack Dawkins, better known as  Artful Dodger, is the scruffy young pickpocket who befriends Oliver Twist in Dickens’ 1838 novel.  

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