I was prompted to write this blog today comparing restoring and remaking a ventriloquist figure. You see there are those out there that do work on ventriloquist figures and use the word restore when in fact the restoration is the farthest thing from the true meaning of restore. This is the definition of the word restore from Merriam Webster’s dictionary:
: to bring back to or put back into a former or original state
Now that means you can’t change anything when doing the job. It must be done the way the original maker did the work. If you change anything be it add or subtract, such as a function or change the color paint, or the type of wig, or use a new body or new arms or legs, even though the ventriloquist figure may look the same or even function the same it is NOT restored it is remade or redone.
Does this affect the value of a ventriloquist figure? For the most part no one would ever know except a true collector like myself. But as a collector in any avenue of collecting Originality is the most important aspect of the item. I don’t care what that item happens to be, if it has been altered in any way from original it no longer holds the value.
I have spoke about this quite a number of times but I keep getting asked this so I keep stating the facts. ORIGINAL ORIGINAL ORIGINAL.
When you buy a ventriloquist figure that is new you will not have this problem because it does not yet have a collector value but once a figure gets to the 30 or 40 year mark, now the original factor creeps into effect. Always remember if you have an older ventriloquist figure, and the condition is above a 3 on a 1-5 scale with 1 being absolutely mint, do not do anything to change it. Leave it alone or use it as is and be careful not to harm it any further. You can only have original once and if you change ANYTHING, the originality and value is gone.
It slays me inside my gut to get a ventriloquist figure that is 70 years old and a card is attached inside the head saying restored and actually it has been changed not restored but remade. Yes this has happened to me. PLEASE make sure if you are going to have your expensive antique ventriloquist worked on, the person knows the definition of restore. Otherwise a real crime may be being made!!
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Ventriloquist Central is the brainchild of Dan Willinger and Steve Hurst. Dan 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. Steve is a ventriloquist as well as builder of ventriloquist figures. He also has a background in sales, marketing, building websites and computers. Because they both love the art of ventriloquism, the website Ventriloquist Central was born. For more information about the website, go to: http://www.ventriloquistcentral.com
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