Trotty Veck figurine produced by Royal Doulton of Burslem, England, between 1959-1968. The main character of Charles Dickens' "The Chimes" is Toby Veck, known to everyone as Trotty Veck, a man who is more than sixty years old, has worked hard all his life but is still very poor. Trotty Veck earns a meagre living as a porter and messenger, getting his nickname as a result of constantly "trotting" about from place to place. On New Year's Eve, Trotty Veck is sitting on the steps of a church near to his home reading a newspaper. His newspaper does not make happy reading, being full of stories of crime. The articles that he reads make Trotty wonder if working-class people are wicked by nature. After a series of visions, Trotty Veck learns that people are not naturally wicked but fall into wickedness when they have no alternative and when they have no faith in themselves.
Charles Dickens Figurine Series