Pelham question

Question: My friend picked up the fellow in the photo at a thrift store. He’s somewhat worse for wear, but has possibilities. Can you tell from the picture who may have made him or when he may have been made?

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Answer: This puppet is known as a "Pelham Puppet". Imported from England, most likely during the '70s. They are quite collectible today. If you paid $40 or less you got a real bargain. Pelham is better known for the marionette puppets they produced, but they built a handful of characters with heads on headpost. This "boy" was probably the most popular character of the lot.

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