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Late 19thc. Derby figures of Billy Waters and Aunt Sall by Stevenson & Hancock. c1880

Condition: Billy Waters has restoration to fiddle & feathers on hat, Pegleg possibly a replacement (Restoration done to a very high standard)

Aunt Sall: No damage or restoration

Billy Waters earned his living playing a fiddle in London's West End.  Bill endevoured up to the time of his illness to obtain for a wife & 2 children what he termed an honest living by the scraping of cat gutt, by which he amassed a considerable portion of browns (halfpence) at the West End of the town, where is cap and feathers with his peculiar antics excitted much mirth and attention, he was obliged prior to his death to part with his old friend the fiddle for a tryfling sum at the pawnbrokers.  His wooden pin had twice saved him from the treadmill.  He lost his leg in His Majesty Service for which he received a pension.  Every child in London knew him .  A short time before he died he was elected King of the Beggars.  

African Sall, coloured good time girl, otherwise know as BLACK SALL.  

Height: 3.75" high

Ref # 4544 - £295

Pair Derby Stevenson & Hancock Billy Waters & Aunt Sall Ref # 4544

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