I try to go to antique shows on the weekends and I can tell you it is very rare that you will ever find a ventriloquist figure at one that is for sale. But a couple of Saturday’s ago, my wife and I ventured to the Shriner’s Auditorium in Wilmington, MA, to an antique show called the Greater Boston Antique Show and Sale.
We were there for about half an hour when my wife Helen said to me that there are never ventriloquist figures at these shows so why do we keep going. I chuckled and agreed with her but the hunt is what draws me to the shows.
We went our separate ways and all of a sudden Helen comes and gets me and says I found something. I got excited and said to myself could it be a great vent figure? Well low and behold under a table she found a box with some dolls in it and among the dolls was a mint condition 1930’s composition 20″ ventriloquist figure made by the Freundlich Co of New York.
The figure is the smallest size they sold and is still in his original tuxedo with original bow tie and silk dickey shirt. His paint is fabulous and there is no crazing or cracking what so ever. The only flaw is the sole on one shoe is missing. It was made of cardboard and glued on and went missing at some point. The original string is present and the mouth still works when pulled. He is just a superb condition figure.
This particular figure was the one that Fred & Madeline Maher used and converted to make the figure named Tiny in their catalogue.
Watch the video of this Dummy Dan figure.
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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
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Tux is worth it all.
I have a similar one I’ve talked about here before. His hair is painted a lighter color. His hands have the same three raised lines on the back. He is dressed as a cowboy (No hat) with the original clothes, though the cardboard-soled boots are a little shabby.
He also has the original strings and moving eyes. I don’t think I’ve seen one talked about anywhere with moving eyes. I don’t use him to entertain with…he’s displayed on a stand in my office. I found him in an antique shop in Abilene, Kansas for forty bucks. Walked away…but came back the next day and bought him.