One of the things I always look at on ventriloquist figures, especially from the past , are the hands. It is an easy way to identify the maker as each maker did have a signature hand. That being said there is one hand that differs and that is the cloth hand.
I have a few figures in the Ventriloquist Central Collection that in fact have cloth hands which are made from children’s gloves. The first is the Shaw figure and another is the Pinxy Figure. Both of these have the original hands which were done with these gloves.
I would assume that the builder , if out of his standard hands at the time, would use the gloves to complete the figure to make the sale. I just found this interesting.
What are you thoughts?
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Hey Dan,I’ve also always been interested in “Hands”on a Vent figure……to me if the “Hands” aren’t realistic enough on a Vent figure I think it really detracts from the overall appearance of the said Vent figure……as for cloth hands….well…not realistic at all.
Years ago Louie had composition hands. A child bit off his index finger. Louie said it didn’t hurt a bit (snicker) but we had a heckuva time getting the finger out of the child’s mouth.
Since I knew I’d be doing lots of shows involving wading into an audience of children, I replaced his hands for a few years with child glove cloth hands with the safety of the audience in mind. Once I had access to wooden or hard plastic hands, I switched them out.
So circumstances make a difference…but manufacturing a figure without a specific client in mind and using cloth hands seems…odd.
Although I have made hundreds of puppets over the years, I have only made one hard vent figure, and because most of my puppets have hands made from felt stuffed with fiberfill , my vent figure also has this type of hands.