Of the early English figure makers and one of the rarer ones to find are those made by Arthur Quisto. I am excited to be able to show everyone this great example of his work that is absolutely 100% original condition. This fellow was used and then sort of abused but has survived until I was able to acquire him for my collection.
His head is made of paper mache and he has leather moving mouth and side moving glass eyes. He did have crepe hair and some still remains. All of his paint is original too having never been touched up in any way. His hands are original carved wood with the original paint, his body is made of paper mache with a wooden bottom board. The head stick fits perfectly into a small hole made to hold it in place. The levers are metal wire. The lower legs on him are also done in paper mache. His clothing is also totally original and does have some damage but I would never change it.
The head stick is signed but you must hold it in a mirror to be able to read the name. I find this to be very interesting. I have not seen this done on any other figures and would love to know if anyone else has seen this done. He is a great example.
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Dan Willinger is a ventriloquism enthusiast and ventriloquist figure collector. He has been collecting for over 25 years. His collection of ventriloquist figures now numbers over 100 figures of which there are over 50 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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he reminds me of my william kirk brown figure
Hi Dan, lovely find your Quisto in original (if somewhat maltreated) condition. Nice to see one that hasn`t been badly restored. My thoughts on the mirror writing is that someone (maybe Quisto) made a branding iron with the name and just forgot to make it in reverse (or backwards as of course when pressing the hot iron on the wood it always comes out reversed.), then couldn`t be bothered to make another one, maybe even found the mirror effect amusing. Have fun, Mel