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Pocket case for matches - Opening antisemitic figurine - Fagin 1888

Opening price: $150

Commission: 23%

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01.29.2024 07:00am

Pocket case for matches made of bronze - anti-Semitic opening figurine - Fagin 1888.

A pocket case in the shape of a Jewish man's head with a kippah, beard, and side-locks and a long nose. On the back of the case is engraved 'Fagin 1888'. The bottom opens to insert matches.

The image of Fagin portrayed as a Jewish criminal leading a gang of pickpocket children is taken from Charles Dickens' novel 'Oliver Twist' [published in 1838], The stereotypical character appears in the book as a Jew in neglected clothes and unkempt hair. In the novel Fagin is depicted extremely negatively as an evil, scheming villain trying to corrupt Oliver. He is frequently referred to not by his first name but as "the Jew", and his image became a common antisemitic trope in 19th and early 20th century figurines and table figures throughout Europe.

See: US Holocaust Memorial Museum record 2022-07-28.

Size: 7x4x3 cm. Very good condition.

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54. Pocket case for matches - Opening antisemitic figurine - Fagin 1888