Since I am not a performer and just collect ventriloquist figures the fact that a figure has ring pull or lever really does not make a difference.
Nearly every maker of ventriloquist figures from the golden age all made figures with either the ring for pulling or a lever. Macks, Marshall, Pinxy, and Spencer all used both and even sometimes used a combination of both.
I am curious if anyone out there has comment on the use of the ring pull. I actually have a superb Marshall that has 4 ring pulls.
I have put my fingers in and they rest in the rings and actually work rather well. Of course I do believe you really have to get used to them.
I have a Spencer with multiple functions and some are levers and others are rings. This combination of the two together seems a bit unusual to really work with but it is exactly how it was made.
These pictures are of a Frank Marshall figure with multiple movements all controlled by ring pulls. No levers were ever installed. The figure has independent winkers, side moving eyes, upper and lower lip for whistle effect and slot jaw.
I removed the rings to remove the head stick for pictures. The hole through the shoulder board is not large enough to allow the head stick and rings come out so the rings must be removed first.
These pictures are of a Spencer figure showing the use of both levers and ring pulls.
Just some thoughts from a ventriloquist figure collector.
Dan Willinger is a ventriloquism enthusiast and ventriloquist figure collector. He has been collecting for over 25 years. He created the Ventriloquist Central Collection. It now has over 100 ventriloquist figures and over 50 of them are Frank Marshall figures. Because of his love for the art of ventriloquism, Mr. Willinger created the website Ventriloquist Central. For more information about the website, go to: http://www.ventriloquistcentral.com
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