A rare novelty wax holder in the form of Mr Punch. The sealing wax is held by the rectangular end piece and also supplied is a somewhat battered piece of red sealing wax. Weight 12 grams. Length (without wax) 7 grams. Birmingham 1906. Maker Sydney & Co, Powell St & Summerhill Rd, Birmingham.
The silver wax holder is in very good condition with no damage or restoration. The embossed modelling is still sharp. Fully stamped with clear English silver hallmarks. The two splits on the wax holder are original and part of the manufacture.
Often associated with traditional British seaside culture, Punch and Judy is a popular puppet show featuring Pulcinella (Mr. Punch) and his wife, Judy. The various episodes of Punch and Judy are performed in the spirit of outrageous comedy — often provoking shocked laughter — and are dominated by the anarchic clowning of Mr. Punch. The Punch and Judy theme was popularly represented in Victorian novelty silver, often condiments and jugs, and these have become highly prized collectors items.