These great ventriloquist figure
heads were made by Alfred LeMare somewhere around 1890 and have
survived the century because the were, as told to me by the antique
dealer in London, wrapped in blankets and the put into a trunk and
left in an attic for the better part of 100 years until he got them.
I was certainly happy to be the one that acquired them and now I can
present them for you to look at as well. I did a video showing the
heads as well which you can also view
Ally Sloper was a comic strip character so you can look him up and
read all about him. He was popular in England from the 1860's to the
1930's. There is a great story on him in Wikipedia:
Click here for Wikipedia on Ally Sloper
These are large heads about the same size as a real human head. The
Male character Alley has slot jaw, spitter, smoker one eye winks and
both eyes blink. Mrs Sloper has moving mouth only!!