This week I happened to get two emails from different direction but both really wanting to know about provenance. This is something that is very important to me because a collection that can show where the items came from is just so much more interesting.
The first question came from a fellow who had actually owned a Ken Spencer figure which resembled a Spencer figure which I owned and he wanted to know if there was a way of tracking his figure down. Unfortunately in that type of circumstance he would have to find the person to whom he had sold his figure and go from there.
The other question which came in to me wanted to know if I can trace ownership once I have the figure in my hands. That is a good question because in some cases the owners name will appear inside either the head or body of the figure. Frank Marshall signed just about every figure and in many cases wrote thye name of how the figure was made for and the date. He makes it very easy. Unfortunately this is not the case with many other makers.
I always try my hardest to find out any information as to ownership when I purchase a figure for the Ventriloquist Central Collection. That way when I list a figure for all of you to see you also find out where the figure originated from.
I would like to thank both of the people that wrote in to me for their questions. Remember I will always try and help you with any question you may have about our great art of Ventriloquism.
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 2010 by Dan Willinger
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