Antique Rare Early 20thC Cased Ventriloquists Dummy Davenport No. 2 by Insull
March 4, 2020
For the Decorative, Rare & Unusual. Those who find beautiful meanings in beautiful things are the cultivated. For these there is hope. An Early 20th Cased Ventriloquists Dummy; The Davenport No. 2 by Leonard Insull; c. Origin: English Period: Early 20th Century Provenance: Unknown Date: c. 1908-25 Height: 36 (at maximum) Width (Shoulder to Shoulder): 11 (all approximate). The large early twentieth century period dummy of high build quality, with seven operating mechanisms in tweed suit with two war medals including the Defence Medal with check bow-tie and black leather shoes, the head with short very dark brown hair and the body constructed of a combination of paper maché, and plaster composition parts with lower limbs with fabric attachments with the hands painted in a light skin colour. The face is also in a light skin color with the typical Insull reddened cheeks; the lips are painted red, the moving eyebrows black, the glass eyes hazel. The whole is presented in the original quality tin and iron bound carrying suitcase trunk, in keeping with the period. In good overall original condition, there is a crack through the top lip and some other areas of wear. The huge variety of seven mechanisms work and some have been recently repaired. The costume for the dummy is good quality, especially the shoes. The whole of the costume is original and slightly tired but thoroughly charming. The trunk is of high quality and has several labels to include the stamp of the owner Brigadier T. The dummy has obviously traveled all over the world. John Leonard Insull (born 1883) was Britain’s leading and most prolific ventriloquial figure maker of the twentieth century and between 1952 and 1974 he produced no less than 2017 pieces. He spent his early days in Wolverhampton and began his career as an apprentice to a joiner, however he soon developed a taste for magic and decided to go on stage under the name of Hinsle, the Comedy Illusionist. He was often assisted by his wife Gertie Rees, who did a clog dance; and eventually they toured the world together. Leonard Insull worked with his son (also named Leonard Insull) who specialized more in animated slot machines. The collaboration ended with the death of his son in 1957 aged 43. He created many hundreds of items for Davenports magic shop. Leonard Insull died in 1974. Len insull started making dummys in the early 20s for a ventriloquist called Coram the Ventriloquist, he embarked on a venture that would ensure a permanent and illustrious place in the history of ventriloquism. Then after the news of Insull’s work reached Lewis Davenport, he asked Insull to supply figures to his magic business. He made two basic heads for Davenports: a No. 1 head with three movements: bottom lip, top lip and turning eyes; and a No. 2 head with the above plus two winks, moving eyebrows, and ears. This is a no. 2 – and the best you will find. The uncanny nature of ventriloquists 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. This rare example by one of the best makers of vent figures the world has ever produced, and with no expense spared in his creation, is a superb fully loaded example for the professional. All pieces listed by Doe & Hope are of the finest quality. However, any imperfection, which is deemed to be more than just natural ageing, will be duly described above. B: The P&P stated applies to U. And remember, Antiques are Green! They are re-usable, re-saleable, and sustainable. The golden chandelier symbol displayed in a window or at a fair, is the sign of membership of LAPADA, the Association of Art & Antiques Dealers. Since its inception in 1974, LAPADAs membership has grown to over 550 members making it the largest association of professional art and antiques dealers in the United Kingdom. Membership is only open to those who meet the Associations requirements as to experience, quality of stock and knowledge of their subject. Between them, members cover virtually every discipline from antiquities to contemporary fine art. We comprehensively insure all items until the item is received or signed for. All items can also be collected from us by request. Cheque – Made payable to Doe and Hope. Post to: Doe & Hope. The Onion Barn, 15 High Street, Blunham, Bedfordshire, MK44 3NL. Cash – We are happy to accept cash if you decide you wish to collect from us. For more information about us and the way we do things visit our’About Us’ Page. Well, hurrah, with highly polished brass knobs on! The item “Antique Rare Early 20thC Cased Ventriloquists Dummy Davenport No. 2 by Insull” is in sale since Tuesday, March 3, 2020. This item is in the category “Toys & Games\Vintage & Classic Toys\Puppets”. The seller is “doeandhopeantiques” and is located in Bedford. This item can be shipped to United Kingdom, Austria, Belgium, Bulgaria, Croatia, Cyprus, Czech republic, Denmark, Estonia, Finland, France, Germany, Greece, Hungary, Ireland, Italy, Latvia, Lithuania, Luxembourg, Malta, Netherlands, Poland, Portugal, Romania, Slovakia, Slovenia, Spain, Sweden, Australia, United States, Bahrain, Japan, New Zealand, Israel, Hong Kong, Norway, Indonesia, Mexico, Singapore, South Korea, Switzerland, Taiwan, Thailand, Bangladesh, Bermuda, Bolivia, Barbados, Brunei darussalam, Cayman islands, Egypt, Guernsey, Gibraltar, Guadeloupe, French guiana, Iceland, Jersey, Jordan, Cambodia, Liechtenstein, Sri lanka, Macao, Monaco, Maldives, Martinique, Nicaragua, Oman, Pakistan, Paraguay, Reunion, Saudi arabia, South africa, United arab emirates, Ukraine, Bahamas, Colombia, Jamaica, Kuwait, Panama, Qatar, Uruguay.
- Country/Region of Manufacture: United Kingdom
- Type: Ventriloquist Dummy
- Features: Antique
- Featured Refinements: Ventriloquist Dummy