Ally Sloper and His Wife – LeMare Ventriloquist Figures


These great ventriloquist figure heads were made by Alfred LeMare somewhere around 1890 and have survived the century because the were, as told to me by the antique dealer in London, wrapped in blankets and the put into a trunk and left in an attic for the better part of 100 years until he got them.

I was certainly happy to be the one that acquired them and now I can present them for you to look at as well. I did a video showing the heads as well which you can also view on the figure page as well.

Ally Sloper was a comic strip character so you can look him up and read all about him. He was popular in England from the 1860’s to the 1930’s. There is a great story on him in Wikipedia:


Click here for Wikipedia on Ally Sloper


These are large heads about the same size as a real human head. The Male character Alley has slot jaw, spitter, smoker one eye winks and both eyes blink. Mrs Sloper has moving mouth only!!


Click here to see Ally Sloper and His Wife – LeMare Ventriloquist Figures





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:

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