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Posted 5 years ago

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Alexander "Ally" Sloper, F.O.M. (Friend of Man) made his debut in the August 14, 1867 issue of Judy magazine. He was created by Charles H. Ross. In Victorian slang, an "alley sloper" was someone who snuck out the back door and went "sloping" down the alley when the landlord came for the rent. He was also drunken, lecherous, inattentive to his family, scheming, and not very bright.

Sloper continued as a regular character in Judy for years, and became quite well known to the British public. Judy's publisher, Gilbert Dalziel. launched a new weekly, Ally Sloper's Half Holiday, with a cover date of May 3, 1884. Sloper became the first comics character to get his own magazine.

This pocket watch, dated probably in the late 1880's, has an unsigned Swiss movement and was awarded to readers of the 'Half Holiday' as a competition prize. This is the earliest example of novelty comic character timepiece I have come across. Hope you enjoy the pictures!


  1. geo26e geo26e, 5 years ago
    Thank you pops52, snoopy, mustangtony, Dave, Manikin, officialfuel & Phil for clicking the Love It button. Very much appreciated.
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    Thanks Kerry for hitting the Love, much appreciated!
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    Thank you BELLIN68 for the appreciation.
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    Thank you musikchoo & vetraio50 for hitting he Love button. Very much appreciated!
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    Thank you Sean, snoopy & crazy for visiting and hitting the love tab, much appreciated!
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    Thank you Kerry for re-visiting!
  7. kerry10456 kerry10456, 5 years ago
    You're welcome George, had to check out the hand design for the Alley project ;-))
  8. geo26e geo26e, 5 years ago
    Kerry, the hands are not difficult to source in the UK ! If you need any help, let me know. Besides, the dial is unsigned (see picture 2) and the main features are on the case back (picture 3) and the inner movement cover (picture 4).
  9. kerry10456 kerry10456, 5 years ago
    Thanks George, I believe I have a set on a UMF "Thiel" pw, was just lining out the parts, lol
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    Thanks very much Roy & walksoftly for stopping over and love tabbing the posts! Much appreciated!
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    *°·`*~Happiest of Holidays To You geo~*`.°* xoxox
  12. geo26e geo26e, 4 years ago
    Thank you Aimathena! Best wishes for the New Year to you!
  13. Virginia.vintage Virginia.vintage, 4 years ago
    What a pretty pocket watch!!
  14. geo26e geo26e, 4 years ago
    Thanks very much for the appreciation Virginia!
  15. geo26e geo26e, 4 years ago
    Thank you Bigsarge! :-)
  16. geo26e geo26e, 4 years ago
    Thank you agh! :-)

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