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Ventriloquist dummy head, papier mache/ cloth/ wood/ wire/ hair/ rubber, maker unknown, [Australia], 1950-1970

Made 1950-1970

Ventriloquist dummy head, papier mache/ cloth/ wood/ wire/ hair/ rubber, maker unknown, [Australia], 1950-1970.
Ventriloquist’s dummy head made of painted cloth-covered papier mache. There are the remains of hair and glue on top of the scalp. The eyebrows, eyes and ‘jaw’ or lower lip are the only moveable parts. These are operated by hand via a complex assembly of wire and rubber bands inside the head which isattached to a short wooden pole. This pole is also the handgrip for the ventriloquist a...

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Ventriloquist dummy head, papier mache/ cloth/ wood/ wire/ hair/ rubber, maker unknown, [Australia], 1950-1970.
Ventriloquist's dummy head made of painted cloth-covered papier mache. There are the remains of hair and glue on top of the scalp. The eyebrows, eyes and 'jaw' or lower lip are the only moveable parts. These are operated by hand via a complex assembly of wire and rubber bands inside the head which isattached to a short wooden pole. This pole is also the handgrip for the ventriloquist and has a small red glass bead thumb rest. The mouth has painted teeth but no tounge. The dummy's cheeks are rosy, eyes brown, lips are red and the eyebrows are painted brown.

Dimensions

155 mm
170 mm

Production

This dummy bears some resemblence to the popular Australian ventriloquist character Gerry Gee who appeared with Ron Blaskett on Melbourne television in the 1950s and 1960s. The Sterne Doll Company made several plastic Gerry Gee dolls and dummies during this period. (See Marjory Fainges, 'The Encyclopedia of Australian Dolls', included on blue file). The plastic Sterne dolls had a separate jaw mechanism. The continuous 'skin' and internal jaw of this dummy approximates more the mode of manufacture evident with the American ventriloquist dummy Charlie McCarthy who first appeared in the 1930s (image included on blue file).
1950-1970

Source

Gift of the National Trust of Australia, NSW, 1999

Cite this Object

Ventriloquist dummy head, papier mache/ cloth/ wood/ wire/ hair/ rubber, maker unknown, [Australia], 1950-1970 2017, Museum of Applied Arts & Sciences, accessed 23 March 2017, <https://ma.as/167294>
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