In the mid to late 50s I purchased a small novelty figure from the Maher catalogue. I vaguely remember that it was from England and made to fit in a pocket with the head visible and controlled by a pneumatic rubber tube and ball. Are you able and willing to tell me more about it? His lower lip moves with a leather cover.
I dressed it in a body and simple wood frame to fit about my dummies’ leg in order to appear that my dummy had his own puppet which I operated via the pneumatic system. I was careful not to alter the original figure.
I don’t remember what I paid. Do you have any idea what he might be worth now? Thank you for your assistance. Ron Coulter
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From Mr. D: They were made by Len Insull and designed to fit into the vest coat pocket or breast pocket of a suit coat. I still have one of these but it is in need of repair/restoration. Yours appears to be in very good condition and the addition of a body for use as a "dummy's dummy" is clever. How that modification might affects its value, I have no idea. You won't have any difficulty finding prospective buyers, but I have no idea of it's market value today. These were sold by Maher School of Ventriloquism while it was still located in Detroit, owned and operated by Madeleine Maher. o they were before my time with the business. However, I do think I remember seeing an old price sheet where these were offered for something like $7.50. (I wish I had purchased a dozen! What a gold investment that would have been!)