The Puckeridge Billiken

Carolyn Englert, a resident of the USA came across this little statue, labelled “Billiken”, in her grandmother’s china collection.

The Billiken was first produced in 1909 by an American art teacher and illustrator, Florence Pretz  of Missouri, as a good luck charm.  Florence Pretz had seen a vision of this mysterious figure in a dream.   It became popular in Japan and is still being produced in a folk art way in Alaska.

The Puckeridge Billiken was produced by Grafton China.  A transfer stamped upon the Billiken’s back shows the hart of Hertford upon a representation of rivers inside a shield.  The name Puckeridge is carried in a ribbon underneath the shield.

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