This set of 6 Brownie figures sold for $1,650 last week at a Noel Barrett auction. The figures, made in Germany of composition and wood, are all about 5 inches high. They were sold as a set in their original box.


Brownies were first drawn in 1883 by illustrator, Palmer Cox (1840-1924), in St. Nicholas, a popular children's magazine. The pixie-like characters have large round eyes, downturned mouths, and skinny legs. The first collection of Brownie stories was published in 1887 as The Brownies, Their Book. A stage play, Palmer Cox's Brownies (1895), ran for 5 years. Toys, books, dinnerware, and other objects were made with Brownies as part of the design.

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