CAR BOOT EL­E­GANCE

Lancashire Life - - ANTIQUES -

Char­lie Chap­lin be­gan his of­fi­cial act­ing ca­reer at the age of eight, tour­ing with a troupe of clog dancers called The Eight Lan­cashire Lads. He went on to cap­ture the hearts of 20s silent movie­go­ers with his iconic per­for­mances as the lit­tle tramp, a tragi­comic char­ac­ter with ill-fitting clothes, worn out boots, tooth­brush mous­tache, bowler hat and bam­boo cane. Quick to seize an op­por­tu­nity to cash in on his fame, toy­mak­ers be­gan pro­duc­ing char­ac­ter doll of him, one of the most pop­u­lar be­ing this clock­work ex­am­ple made by the German com­pany Schreyer & Co, which later adopted the trade­name Schuco. Wind him up and he shuf­fles for­wards twirling his cane just like the real thing. He was found in a house clear­ance and sold on­line for £200 at Liver­pool auc­tion­eers Cato Crane.

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