I myself have collected ventriloquist figures and have tried to make the collection that of antique figures rather than new figures that are created today. That does not mean I have no newer figures in the Ventriloquist Central Collection, there are quite a few newer figures. But I did try to keep the collection, for the most part, old and figures carved from wood.
Are there newer figures that can be considered collectible today you ask, and the answer is yes. There are quite a few makers of figures today that are collectible as soon as they are made. I will put together a list of those that I believe become collectible and if I leave someone you think should be there PLEASE remember this is MY list and of course someone else may be a favorite to somebody else.
I consider figures made by Tim Selberg, especially the wood carved to be very collectible. Brant Gilmer makes figures that again I think are very collectible. Conrad Hartz’s figures are a throw back to the earlier figure makers and fit my bill. Albert Alfaro has created some superb figures but to my knowledge no wood carved. His figures are cherished by some. There are a few collectors I know that have multiple figures by these makers and their collections are wonderful and certainly fit the collectible bill.
Also Dan Lavender and Bill Nelson have put out some extremely nice figures which I consider to be collectible. In fact Dan Lavender is building a very special figure for the Ventriloquist Central Collection that hopefully soon I will be able to show everyone.
So again if you know other makers that are not on my list please remember it is my list. I also have not included soft figures but I must say Verna Finley figures have now become very collectible.
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: http://www.ventriloquistcentral.com
Copyright 2011 by Dan Willinger
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