Antique American Folk Art – Very Early Ventriloquist Figure… Shaw ???

I am happy to offer for sale this wonderful very early American Folk Art, Ventriloquist figure which I believe was made by William Henry James Shaw (for more about Shaw, click here).

It’s construction dates to the early 20th century. I have not been able to find any markings as to the maker but it is without question American, having markings on the board of his body from Philadelphia, PA.

His head is Paper Mache and he has a leather moving mouth and a spitter. The spitter is attached to the mouth palette and terminated out the back of the head. A slot was made to accommodate this movement.

His wig is also original and so is his paint. Just the way you want to find them. It has carved wood hands (replaced) and the clothing is original to the figure or they are at least from the 1920’s. The sweater is kind of tattered but still looks great.

The cap is silk and comes too. This is a great early American Folk Art Figure and worthy of any collection.


To find out more about this antique American Folk Art Ventriloquist figure, click here.



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:

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