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Department 56 Dicken’s Village Series - 2016 Collection

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Victorian England at the time of Charles Dickens was a center or culture for the world, where many traditions we celebrate today took shape.
Charles Dicken’s “A Christmas Carol” was one of the single greatest influences in rejuvenating the old Christmas traditions of England. Honor Christmas in your heart and home with this classic collection.
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Christmas Sweets, Dickens Village Item Sku: 4054961

Christmas Sweets, Dickens' Village

During the Dickensian times in London, Chocolate was a luxury. How appropriate that a chocolatier would be an elegant, upscale building that would serve the crown. Giant molded chocolate Santa’s capture the attention of a young boy and his pup. Coordinates with item #4054964 “Sidewalk Sweets, Dickens’ Village” Uses replacement bulb #99244. Introduced May 2016.
6.7” x 6.5” x 7.28”H
The Swan and Trumpet Item Sku: 4054962

The Swan & Trumpet

The Swan and Trumpet is THE PUB, one of the go to pieces in Dickens Village for 2016. The title is inspired by The Seven Swans of the Twelve Days tradition. Trumpet from trumpeter swans. Coordinates with item #4054965 “Swan & Trumpet Beer Wagon” Twelfth Night Series and Gaslight Pubs Series. Uses replacement bulb #99244. Introduced May 2016.
4” x 5.79” x 7.28”H

Swan and Trumpet Beer Wagon Item Sku: 4054965

Swan & Trumpet Beer Wagon

Beer distribution in 19th century London was done through the brewery. Pubs and delivery vehicles were owned by a single brewer. This is demonstrated with the Swan and Trumpet Beer Wagon. Horse pulled cart brought barrels from the source to the pub. Coordinates with item #4054962 “The Swan & Trumpet Pub” Introduced May 2016.
2.76” x 7.68” x 3.27”H
Anniversary Gazebo, Dickens Village Cheers to 40 Years! Item Sku: 4050926

Anniversary Gazebo, Dickens Village Cheers to 40 Years!

Throughout our history, Department 56 has enjoyed creating tribute pieces to our favorite author. How appropriate that Charles and Catherine Dickens are offering an anniversary toast with silver goblets inside the Dickens’ Village Anniversary Gazebo. Introduced 2016.
5.5” x 5.25” x 7.75”H

The Harbourmaster House Item Sku: 4050932

The Harbourmaster House

In Great Britain, the Harbourmaster is considered an appointed position to serve as the Queen’s Harbourmaster, and is typically served by an officer of the Royal Navy. Creative details include the porthole window and the artistic fish motifs. Coordinates with item #4050940 “From Across the Pond” Uses replacement bulb #99244. Introduced 2016.
5.25” x 5.25” x 7.25”H
The Dukes Wheel Cheese Shoppe Item Sku: 4050930

The Duke's Wheel Cheese Shoppe

Tudor styling, a variety of window shapes and side staircase are some of the delightful features of the “The Duke’s Wheel Cheese Shoppe”, a perfectly fitting specialty shop for Londontown. Coordinates with item #4050938 “Cheese Samples For All” Uses replacement bulb #99244. Introduced 2016.
5.5” x 4.25” x 8”H

Frost Fair Roasted Ox Item Sku: 4050928

Frost Fair Roasted Ox

A new addition to the series which began last year. After proper time on the spit, entrees ranged from plates of sliced meat to stew. Carving tools are found in back, serving pieces window wait at the side window. Coordinates with item #4050936 “Frost Fair Treat” Uses replacement bulb #99244. Frost Fair Series. Introduced 2016.
5.25” x 5” x 8”H
From Across The Pond Item Sku: 4050940

From Across The Pond

The captain is careful with the cargo that has just arrived from the colonies and oversees the cartons himself. Coordinates with item #4050932 “The Harbourmaster House” Introduced 2016.
2.75” x 2” x 2.75”H

Frost Fair Treat Item Sku: 4050936

Frost Fair Treat

This father and son duo are both enjoying their sausage snack from one of the many food vendors at the Frost Fair. Coordinates with item #4050928 “Frost Fair Roasted Ox” Introduced 2016.
1.25” x 1.5” x 3.25”
 Letters to Santa, Dickens Item Sku: 4050934

Letters to Santa, Dickens

Tiptoeing up to the corner "Pillar Box", this young girl is hoping that her letter will reach the North Pole in time for Santa, or "Father Christmas" as he's known in Britain. Exclusive 40th Anniversary Piece! Introduced 2016.
2” x 1” x 2.5”H

Foxmore Cottage Item Sku: 4054775

Foxmore Cottage

Set of 2, Limited to Year of Production, Special Understamp on bottom of piece, Introduced 2016
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In 2009, Department 56 celebrates the 25th Anniversary of the Dickens' Village, a Village which began in 1984 as a series of drawings presented to Department 56 by artist Neilan Lund, an established graphic artist from Minnesota. His idea was to publish note cards and paper products with images inspired by the words of Charles Dickens from his immortal classic, "A Christmas Carol." With the growing success of the ceramic Original Snow Village Series of lighted houses and accessories, these drawings inspired another style of lit Village made of porcelain.

This was the birth of the "Shops of Dickens' Village" which later became the Dickens' Village Series, seven small and simple designs representing the core elements of an English town in the 19th Century - the butcher, the baker, the candle shop, blacksmith, inn, green grocer, and the brush and basket shop. In 2010, the final two pieces have been remade as special 25th Anniversary pieces: the Candle Shop and the Green Grocer join Bean and Son Smithy, the Brush and Basket Shop, the Crowntree Inn, the Golden Swan Baker, and the Abel Beesley Butcher, completing the 25th Anniversary remakes of the original Dickens' Village pieces. The Neilan Lund Gallery 25th Anniversary piece pays tribute to Neilan Lund, the original artist whose drawings inspired the Dickens' Village. Other Dickens' novels inspired churches, pubs, and businesses which grew Dickens' Village into one of the most popular and best loved collectible series we know.

We are often drawn to objects reminiscent of a bygone era. During Dickens' lifetime, England was a cultural center for the world, and a place where many of our current holiday traditions were formed. Let the finely-detailed, hand-painted porcelain lighted buildings and accessories of this series inspire your feelings of Christmases past and Christmases yet to come.