Jay Marshall's Ken Spencer Ventriloquist Figure


I am happy to show to you today one of the prizes of my assortment of Ken Spencer figures. The reason why I call it a prize is because this figure was owned and used by the late great Jay Marshall. This figure is in the exact condition as it was for the better part of 60 years having been repainted by Jay to look as he wanted him. He has no wig and was painted to look like he has hair and very pale face although the paint could have faded out over the years. Other than the repaint he is an all original figure. He stands 40″ tall, has side to side moving eyes, rolling winker blinker eyes one at a time or both together and of course slot jaw. He is still dressed in his formal tuxedo as Jay had dressed him.

This figure was sold at public auction back in 2007 at the Leslie Hindham galleries, they sold Jay’s collection, and it was purchased by a world renown magic dealer and I was lucky to purchase the figure from him..

The face on this figure is not your typical Ken Spencer face but the dish ears and large cup hands are a dead give away as the maker. His body is wood too and also very typically Ken Spencer.

A wonderful addition to the Ventriloquist Central Collection.

Click here to see Jay Marshall’s Ken Spencer Ventriloquist 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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5 Responses to Jay Marshall's Ken Spencer Ventriloquist Figure

  1. Curtis Jones says:

    This is a figure o be proud of.
    I love the look of the figure- BIG ears are a VERY big part of what I look for in a figure.

    Congrats on the purchase.


  2. Ony Carcamo says:

    Those eyes, the big round ears and large hands have really been a Ken Spencer trademark. There’s a unique look in his work. Fantastic figure maker!

    Congratulations, Dan! This is a nice, nice addition to your collection.

  3. Gary Koepke says:

    Beautiful! Someday I’d like to find a Spencer… when I have money to actually spend on the collection!

  4. Eddie Garland says:

    Wow, this was a real treat seeing this guy!

  5. LeeDean says:

    Almost has porcelain look with paint finish used.

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