JUDY -- Top Version
HEIGHT = 11 1/2 inches
WIDTH = 8 3/4 inches
VALUE = $425 - $550
Mr. PUNCH -- Bottom Version
HEIGHT = 12 inches
WIDTH = 7 3/4 inches
VALUE = $375 - $525
JUDY -- Bottom Version
HEIGHT = 12 inches
WIDTH = 7 1/2 inches
VALUE = $350 - $500
Note 1: -- The Origin of Punch & Judy
Mr. Punch dates back to the wandering "Commedia Dell 'Arte"
troupes of 14th century Italy.
Thereafter, this minstrel show spread to France and England.
Mr. Punch, the show version, made his first appearance in England on 9 May 1662.
The doorstops are based on an English Satirical Magazine depicting this show.
This magazine series appeared in June 1841.
In 1870, this magazine introduced Punchinello or Mr. Punch.
In 1875 Mr. Punch acquired a wife, Judy.
Judy was originally known as Joan.
As time passed, more characters were introduced.
One of these characters was Alley Sloper.
Note -- there are, also, doostops of Alley and his wife
Alley was as a small ill-clad humorous character.
A century ago these characters were household names.
Note 2: -- What is configured in the Doorstops
Judy is shown nursing, Punch Junior on one arm
while the other hand she is hitching up her skirt
to reveal her traditional pantaloons.
Mr. Punch is shown with his dog, Toby.
Note 3: --- Punch & Judy is still seen Today
1. In an episode of "Have Gun Will Travel", the TV series,
a Punch & Judy Puppet show is depicted in one scene.
2. In the 1963 movie classic Charade, about 20 minutes into the movie,
a Punch & Judy puppet show is the main focus.
Charade was a 4 star thiller filmed in Paris with Cary Grant & Audrey Hepburn.
3. In 1971, season 8, episode 8 of the TV show "Bewitched"
Tabitha temporarily becomes a TV star when she pops into a children's
show to reprimand two aggressive puppets, Punch & Judy
These English doorstops have many versions and are widely rerproduced.