PUNCH & JUDY SET ANTIQUE 1800s Hand Puppets German Theatre Toys

The traditional hand puppets in this wacky and unusual 14 piece Punch and Judy set are some of the oldest toys we’ve collected. There are fourteen brightly clothed and coloured classic hand puppets over 100 years old… except for Mr Punch himself who appears to be a more recent vintage version probably from the 1980s 

The characters and style of the set indicate their origin is probably Germany around the later half of the 19th century, 1860 onward. Heads, hands, lower legs and feet are made from hand carved painted wood with delightful intricate fabric clothing. Mr Punch has a fabric hat and woolen hair
 
Puppet sizes are between 14 inch (36 cm) for Mr Punch to 16.5 inch (42 cm) for Mr Policeman
 
Characters 
  • Punch ✔
  • Judy ✔
  • Pretty Polly ✔
  • King ✔
  • Queen ✔
  • Crocodile ✔
  • Devil ✔
  • Ghost ✔
  • Jim Crow✔
  • Beadle ✔
  • Turk ✔
  • Joey the Clown ✔
  • Doctor ✔
  • The Servant ✔

ANTIQUE German PUNCH & JUDY SET 1800s

Judy and her toy boy

ANTIQUE German PUNCH & JUDY SET 1800s

Meet the gang

ANTIQUE German PUNCH & JUDY SET 1800s

Leaders of the packANTIQUE German PUNCH & JUDY SET 1800s

Queen, servants and crocodile

ANTIQUE German PUNCH & JUDY SET 1800s

Close-up and personal

ANTIQUE German PUNCH & JUDY SET 1800s

The old devil, Jim Crow, the Turk and the Beadle

ANTIQUE German PUNCH & JUDY SET 1800s

An international cast

ANTIQUE German PUNCH & JUDY SET 1800s

The doctor, the Ghost, Joey the Clown and Pretty Polly

ANTIQUE German PUNCH & JUDY SET 1800s

These are very old puppet theatre characters that have been involved in plays often involving a violent plot and a whacking stick! There are obvious chips to the paint, wear to paint and fabric as well as various dirty marks or staining
We would be very pleased to hear from Punch and Judy experts as to the identification of the Doctor and Servant, or any other facts or information

All generally in excellent antique condition. The Jester looks likes he’s lost a bobble from his hat and the policeman has lost a foot but everyone else has all their limbs, baubles, hands and feet 

This theatrical antique puppet troupe can currently be found with many other cool Sci Fi, TV, movie, vintage and fun collectables on ZapWow on eBay

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