It is so nice when I am contacted by folks wanting to have their
Marshall figures join the Willinger collection and this was the case
with Robert Echols.
Robert is an antique dealer in CA and he deals in Old Darby Horses
from carousels ( also a very fine item to collect ). In his
travels he happened into an antique store in Pismo Beach, CA and
found this wonderful Marshall figure. He held on to it for quite a
number of years but when he found me he knew it had to come to
I have posted some pictures of his appearance as Robert found him
and then pictures of how he looks now.
I have written many times about restoration on these figures and you
can see that this Marshall was certainly deserving of the re do. He
was missing his wig, the leather under the chin, and he had
been painted a number of times over the years. To me this means
bring him back.
The end result is this fabulous Marshall figure which is almost
identical to a figure that already resides here named Joe Doaks.
(See Joe Doaks)
He also is the same face as Joe Flip who resides in the Vent Haven
This is definitive proof of the fact that Marshall used a
duplicarver because there are three of the same face.
This head has the original card still attached inside the head from
Marshall's Loomis Blvd shop so this figure was done in the late 40's
to early 50's and I believe that this particular head's duplicarver
is the reason the leather is used under the chin. It may have not
have been retooled for the wedge cut neck found in Marshall's later
This figure is a full 42" tall and has only moving mouth function.
I hope you enjoy seeing him.