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Royal Douton HN 532 c.1922-32 Dickens Series (1) MICAWBER M42 ex.cond.

Royal Douton HN 532 c.1922-32 Dickens Series (1)  MICAWBER M42  ex.cond.
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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The collection was briefly withdrawn in 1949 and when re-introduced, the figurines were slightly larger in size with a deeper base and were not numbers.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The Charles Dickens' character figurines were slowly withdrawn form production, beginning in 1981 to 1983.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 MicawberM 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 NellM 51 1922-1983 The Old
Curiosity Shop
Alfred Jingle M 52 1922-1981 Pickwick Papers
 Buz Fuz M 531922-1983 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 761939-1982 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
Curiosity Shop
 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.

Dimensions:  10cmsH 

Condition Report 

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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