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Date Made/Found: circa 1820
Dimensions: Overall: 190 x 140mm
Department: Social History
Accession Number: 1981.873
This little figure was given to a local chimney sweep by a customer. It had been in her family for several generations, and may originally have been a good luck charm for a bride. Chimney sweeps were thought to bring good luck if you met them, because of their association with fire and the hearth at home. Meeting a chimney sweep coming towards you on your wedding day, when he was covering in soot after work, was (and maybe still is) a very good omen for your marriage.
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