We have some stock to get photographed ready for the shop and masses already available to buy.
I know this is the time of year when partners and friends of collectors will make a purchase without really knowing too much about the puppet. We can help and try to advise.
Please be careful when buying from any site. If you are intending to spend a fair amount of money on a puppet, you need to look at the item and then look at all the available images both online and in books. Search for the title of your puppet and look at all the images available to you. On our website you can use the search toolbar. The search is a bit hit and miss. Sometimes you will have to add 'SM' or an extra word for the search to give you the results you wanted. Make sure you check the box 'include out of stock'.
Usually your search bar on your computer will give you image results from auction and some previous ebay listings.
The rarer puppets are sometimes difficult to see in many images. Due to the nature of the manufacturing of Pelham Puppets, all being individually painted and made up with various costumes, those are the puppets that we will probably not be able to see many examples of. A wonderful early rare puppet sold last week on ebay that fell into that category. A gem of a puppet.
But, some rare puppets are more generic, note the three Bulls from the 1963 Tagged range of puppets, all have the same or very little variation, in costume and paintwork. These are ones you can easily find on the internet for comparisons. Sometimes puppets have been sold, positive feedbacks left, and then the exact same item is listed for sale by the same seller a little later. So, questions should be asked, why it has been returned in the first place, did it sell etc etc. It is never a good idea to question current ebay/auction listings on groups for lots of reasons, but if you are at all in doubt leave it out! As we always say, another will come along soon enough.
I hope I haven't caused any confusion for anyone. There are some great puppets for sale all over the internet, but just because you are being told the item is original and immaculate, is not confirmation that it is.
Happy Christmas Shopping!