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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