This Marshall figure is a great and extremely
rare version of the Great Lester's figure Frank Byron Jr. He is
pictured in the 1931 Marshall catalogue and he was available only by
special request. This figure was not a stock figure although the
head was done from a duplicarver head which is in the Vent Haven
This particular Marshall figure has some very unusual functions too.
First of all he has stationary glass eyes that are just marvelous,
he has raising eyebrows, slot jaw, wiggling ears, flip up wig and
whistling effect. He has his original body and hands and all the
paint is original as well. When I received him he was dressed in a
sailor outfit but I redressed him in the 1950's period clothing that
you see him in now.
His head is a larger
size than the standard Marshall heads as are his hands. The hands
are the same design but are about a third larger in size. The card
inside his head has Marshall's Clark Street address.
This figure was owned by Joe Lopez back in the
very early 1970's. He sold it to someone in Florida and then it was
owned by a minister
I purchased this figure from a ventriloquist/magician who retired by
the name of Dan Price and purchased this figure from the minister in
Florida around 1976.
He named this figure Theodore F. Peckerwood
after a friend of his that her served in Vietnam with. Dan used this
figure for 20 plus years doing mostly charity work. He visited sick
children in the hospitals, did Cub Scout Blue & Gold events,
children's church groups, school magic shows, the United Way and
March of Dimes. He performed in shows for the Army, Industries and
Christmas & birthday parties. When Dan dressed up as a clown
Theodore Peckerwood also dressed as a clown. Dan was a
ventriloquist, clown and magician from 1976 to 1998.
Thanks Dan for allowing Theodore Peckerwood to
join the Ventriloquist Central Collection