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Mounted upon a rouge marble base
Signed to the ivory plinth ‘Hohlocher’
Circa 1890 – 1910
Size: 9.5cm high – 3¾ ins high / 17cm high – 6¾ ins high (including base)
7cm sq – 2¾ins sq (base)
Curiously the town records show that in 1384 an entry was made stating: ‘It is 100 years since our children left’. Research has been undertaken since the 17th century to find a reason for the legend, but no explanation for the historical event has ever been agreed upon. However, one plausible recent theory suggests that the Hamelin exodus can be linked to the German colonisation and settlement of what is now north-western Poland during the 13th century. It is a fact that the area supposedly colonised has many families with surnames that are not Slavic, but are derived from the German ones that were common in 13th century Hamelin.