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Early 20th Century Ventriloquists dummy attributed to Herber Brighton

A rare example of an early 20th century ventriloquists dummy attributed to Herber Brighton. In sailors’ uniform, hand crafted from papier Mache. We have chosen to call him “Charlie”. Operator from the rear with a wooden pole that has several movements. His glass eyes move from left to right, eye lid winks, month opens and closes and amazingly his hat also lifts. All original and untouched in form and one of the best we have owned due to the movements and general quirky look.

Herbert Brighton, who used to perform under the name Benson Grey, lived in Pitsea in Essex and died in around 1960 and was a very respected maker but whose work has remained slightly off the radar given that his work is not signed.

The uncanny nature of ventriloquist’s dummies has enthralled and spooked people for decades, and they continue to feature in horror films to this day. The idea of the ghost in the inanimate object is not a new one, Freud has written at length on the subject in his discussions on the uncanny, and ghost stories have featured dolls and portraits coming to life for centuries.

Material: Cloth and papier Mache

Age: 1920 - 1940   

Size approx..: Height 33” x Width 12” x Depth 7”

Condition Report

1.       Worn surface area with fade detail.

2.       The painted detail is also faded in areas.

3.       Wear and tear to the clothing with discolouring

4.       Worn hand and feet surface area.

5.       All the movements work fine if a tad aged.

6.       Chair not included 

The photos provided are to give as much condition overview as possible. Please review all the photos and propose questions where areas are unclear or of concern to you.

Its exceedingly difficult to photograph all the areas of these pieces, therefore we strongly suggest reviewing all the photos provided as part of this advert and propose questions where sections are unclear to avoid disappointment upon purchase.

For multiple years we have sold antique and vintage items globally, please expect our items to show relevant age and natural wear, Items are only restored due to breaks and loss, and we always stipulate this in our condition report. 

Item Info

Seller Location

Essex, London



Item Location

United Kingdom

Seller Location

Essex, London

Item Location

United Kingdom

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+44 (0)7568 151752