“Tiny” A Rare Early Maher Ventriloquist Figure


The early Maher figures are rare to find today and “Tiny” is possibly the rarest of all of the original catalogued Maher figures. Madeleine Maher was the builder of the figures early on and like some of the builders of today the were conversion figures. She used the Dummy Dan figures as a base and did some re sculpting and added movements.

This figure is in amazing original condition. It has side to side self centering eyes and slot jaw. The paint is all original and it even still has the original wig lace still glued onto the head. All of the hair is long gone so I placed a small wig on the head but did not attach it so you could still see how the wig placement was done originally on the head.

The body is original with shaped paper mache and wooden base with the extended from on the base so that the figure would sit and not fall over. The original paper mache hands, shaped like fists, are present as well as the paper mache feet. The clothing is also all original from Madeleine Maher.

These early Maher figures are very collectible today and you don’t see them come up for sale very often and the Tiny model is about the hardest to find. I only know of one other which is owned by another collector.

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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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