Three Brass Balls: The Story of the Irish Pawnshop

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In E. L. Wallant's The Pawnbroker, he writes: "The shop creaked with the weight of other people's sorrows." Composers, artists, and writers have drawn upon the image of pawnbrokers -- Hogarth, Dickens, Joyce, Chaplin, and Jerry Adams. Yet pawnbrokers were rarely given due respect or praise, as it wasn't a "proper" business. In 1788 there were 51 pawnbrokers in Ireland, and over 600 by 1867. The pawnbroker was as common as the corner shop. Today, there are only six in the entire country. This history traces the rise and fall ...

Three Brass Balls: The Story of the Irish Pawnshop 2002, Collins Press

ISBN-13: 9781898256106

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