Paddy toothpick holder designed by Harry Fenton and produced by Royal Doulton of Burslem, England, from 1940 to 1941. The term Paddy has generally come to denote any Irishman, since this nickname is widespread in Ireland where many of its sons are called Patrick or Padraig after their patron saint, St. Patrick. Rather than being a model of his saintly namesake, however, this particular Paddy has the features of the proverbial rouge! With his clay pipe tucked into his hat, we can easily imagine him swaying down the cobbled streets of Cork, a shillelagh tucked under one arm and a pint of Irish Guinness raised in the other! He recalls a type once familiar in old songs, ballads and popular music-hall sketches and stories, but perhaps now a dying breed in modern Ireland.
1940 - 1941