Here is a video of a very early Len Insull figure (dating from the mid 1940’s) which is in remarkable condition that is for sale on the Ventriloquist Marketplace.
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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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This may be a very valuable figure if Insull installed the weighted eyes.
Lee there are no ifs on the weighted eye movement. It is original. Len also used the weighted eyes in his pocket figures. It was a function he offered.
I never saw one and did not know he offered weighted eyees. The one I had and which I thought was around 44″ and believe standard was uni-direction eyes using spring and a pull string.
Love the INSULL but love the Gevril Tribeca MORE! I’ll buy it!
I have tendency to think of Insull as living mouth only and Frank Marshall as slot jaw only. As shown by figure made for Doc Sonntag that Bob Isaacson recently put up Marshall did make living mouth, not limited to Nelson’s cat, and recent post on Mr. D’s site showed an Insull slot jaw I think. I have never seen an Insull catalog and the article on Insull’s figure making gives numbers and kinds of figures but nothing about things like weighted eyes http://myweb.tiscali.co.uk/perretta/GeoffFelix/Leonard%20Insull.html but for that matter neither did Marshall’s catalog. I wonder if he made any weighted eyes figures. I guess they both did it all.
I agree with Matt Kimbro. http://www.watchseller.com/gevtribchron.html
Who was the owner of that Insull? Can you tell the rest of us now?