The Charles Dickens' miniature character figurines were produced by Royal Doulton (RD) between 1922 and 1983. During this time, there have been variations in the size, backstamps and the composition of the figurines.
In 1922, the original sixteen (16) miniature bone china figurines were introduced, based on Leslie Harradine's earlier stoneware models, and were included in the HN collection.
Then in 1932, they renumbered the miniature from M41 to M56.
By 1939, the collection had grown to eighteen (18) miniatures with the introduction of Bumble (M76) and Cap 'n Cuttle (M77).
These pre-war figurines carry the old 'Doulton' or 'Doulton England' earlier backstamp.
The collection was briefly withdrawn in 1949 and when re-introduced, the figurines were slightly larger in size with a deeper base and were not numbers. The collection had also grown to twenty-four (24) with the introduction of six (6) new miniature. The RD 'Lion and Crown' bone china backstamp was being used on all figurines of this period.
When the 'bone china' is absent from the backstamp, it means the figurine was made of English Translucent China, first introduced in 1959.
Again in 1968, the figurine increased in size when the clay body, of the figurines, were changed from china to earthenware. Now, all the Dickens' miniature were produced in earthenware.
The Charles Dickens' character figurines were slowly withdrawn form production, beginning in 1981 to 1983. With the exception of a limited edition figure of Charles Dickens himself produced in 1994. This was figurines was commissioned by Pascoe & Company and brought the total number of miniature figurines to twenty-five (25) i the collection.
Below are the order, M numbers, first produced and withdrawal dates and the Charles Dickens' novels in which the characters appear.
|Mr Pickwick|| M 41 || 1922-1983|| Pickwick Papers|
| Mr Micawber||M 42|| 1922-1983|| David |
| Pecksniff|| M 43|| 1922-1982|| Martin |
| Fat Boy|| M 44|| 1922-1983|| Pickwick Papers|
|Uriah Heep|| M 45|| 1922-1983|| David |
| Sairey Gamp|| M 46|| 1922-1983|| Martin |
| Tony Weller|| M 47|| 1922-1981|| Pickwick Papers|
|Sam Weller|| M 48|| 1922-1981|| Pickwick Papers|
|Fagin|| M 49|| 1922-1983|| Oliver Twist|
| Stiggins|| M 50|| 1922-1981|| Pickwick Papers|
| Little Nell||M 51|| 1922-1983|| The Old |
|Alfred Jingle|| M 52|| 1922-1981|| Pickwick Papers|
| Buz Fuz|| M 53||1922-1983|| Pickwick Papers|
| Bill Sykes|| M 54|| 1922-1981|| Oliver Twist|
| Artful Dodger|| M 55|| 1922-1983|| Oliver Twist|
| Tiny Tim|| M 56|| 1922-1981|| A Christmas |
| Bumble|| M 76||1939-1982|| Oliver Twist|
| Cap’n Cuttle|| M 77|| 1939-1982|| Dombey & Sons|
| Mrs Bardell|| M 86|| 1949-1982|| Pickwick Papers|
| Scrooge|| M 87|| 1949-1982|| A Christmas |
| David Copperfield|| M 88|| 1949-1983|| David |
|Oliver Twist|| M 89|| 1949-1983|| Oliver Twist|
| Dick Swiveller|| M 90|| 1949-1983|| The Old |
| Trotty Veck|| M 91|| 1949-1982|| The Chimes|
by Pascoe & Co.
The Micawber miniature figurine was retired in 1983.
For auction is a miniature figurine called "Micawber" made by Royal Doulton, England. And is part of the Charles Dickens collection first release in 1922. The base has the old 'Doulton / England backstamp, which was used on the earlier pre-war figurines, from 1922 to 1939. Also incised to the base is a three digit number which looks like '357' and now I believe it the HN number 532.
Micawber is a character from Charles Dickens' novel, "David Copperfield". He was the 2nd figurine, of the original sixteen(16), released in the Charles Dickens series and is denoted as M42.
This earlier figurine is small than the later issues and is made of bone china.
The Micawber miniature figurine is in an excellent antique condition with only a tiny fleck off on base. See last photo. Its really tiny.
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