Jingle figurine produced by Royal Doulton of Burslem, England, between 1949-1968. Alfred Jingle is a fictional character who appears in the 1837 novel "The Pickwick Papers" by Charles Dickens. He is a strolling actor and an engaging charlatan and trickster noted for his bizarre anecdotes and distinctive mangling of English syntax. He first appears in chapter two of the novel and accompanies the Pickwickians on their first coach journey. As they leave the Golden Cross Inn at Charing Cross, Jingle holds forth in characteristic mode on the dangers of decapitation as illustrated by low archways and the example of King Charles I, beheaded at nearby Whitehall Palace. After subjecting the Pickwickians to various tricks and affronts, Jingle is pursued by them by coach from town to town., Eluding their grasp, he is eventually encountered by Mr. Pickwick as a fellow resident of the Fleet Prison where Pickwick charitably bails him out and later arranges for him and his servant to pursue their fortune in the West Indies.
Charles Dickens Figurine Series