The babies have come to the shop from an employee of the Pelham Puppet factory between 1959 to 1964 (or later). The baby has a solid head mould, the mould line can be seen. He then has a body attached. The face is painted and a style of hair painted. We have three babies for sale, all sold individually. Each one has a different colour hair!
It is unknown what the use for the babies was, the only known baby character is the Type SL Duchess from the Alice in Wonderland series, where she holds a screaming baby as in the storybook. Most Duchess characters have no baby and many collectors have made their own copies based on one in existence with the Duchess. The ones copied have a single dowel for the body, then wrapped in clothes. They don't have the body parts. The other difference is that the nose is within the mould on these three, but the 'original' Duchess Baby had a small ball nose added on.
These could have been slightly later moulded heads which were never put into production, even for a different character.
We only know they were made at the factory between 1959-1964.
Babies will be sold individually. Left to Right: Baby 1,2,3
“100 Cards for Rosemarie” - An Invitation from Pelham Puppets and Vintage Pelham Puppets
On the 20th May 1947 Captain Robert Henry Pelham started his Company, Wonky Toys Ltd., later to become Pelham Puppets and soon recruited his first four employees, Frank Clements, Sidney Hiscock, Laura Ray and Rosemarie Gibaud.
Rosemarie Gibaud will be 100 years old on August 8th 2020 and to celebrate her birthday, David Leech (Pelham Puppets) and Imogen Parfitt (Vintage Pelham Puppet Shop) are inviting anyone who loves Pelham Puppets to make and send a birthday card for Rosemarie on her special day and to thank her for her work with Wonky Toys and Pelham Puppets in those formative years.
If you would like to buy or preferably make a special birthday card for Rosemarie along with some comments about why you love Pelham Puppets, then all you have to do is to send your card, to the address below, by July 18th.
Please keep the size of your card to B4 Size that is 25cm x 17.6cm or less.
All the cards received will be delivered to Rosemarie in advance of her birthday on 8th August.
We will aim to get some photographs taken of Rosemarie on the day and afterwards we will share the photographs and comments of her special day on our respective Face Book pages and on our websites too.
Whether you are a collector, a puppeteer or simply admire Pelham Puppets, we hope you will support our endeavours to convey our thanks and best wishes to Rosemarie on her 100th birthday.
With sincere thanks,
David Leech and Imogen Parfitt
Please send your card to David Leech Pelham Puppets PO Box 3668 Stone Staffordshire England ST15 9ER by July 18th 2020
Type SL Bank Manager
A couple of weeks ago we had a delivery sent to us from the family of a former employee of The Pelham Puppet factory who worked there from 1959.
One of the most interesting items to offer to you for sale, is the original prototype Bank Manager created at the factory and used for the publicity photographs. These images are widely recognised as they were used as postcards. We also have the magazine where he is featured, Pelpup News Winter 1965 No 10 which will accompany the puppet.
He is standing with the Horror Boy, Mitzi and the Old Lady in the photo shoot.
He has a solid moulded very heavy head, larger than the later type which became hollow moulded. He has a dark woollen suit, later types in production often had a pinstripe suit. The puppet also has lead wraps around his lower legs which were used to weight him down for easier manipulation.
It's always fun to find exciting items with provenance from the past, we think this puppet can be matched to the original photograph.
See images and description here TYPE SL BANK MANAGER
Celebrating the 75th Anniversary of VE Day!
Be the first to answer all three questions correctly and you’ll receive a £10 coupon to spend in the Shop.
Q1: What was Bob Pelham’s nickname during the war?
Q2: Name 3 items that were used as parts to make a puppet from Army Surplus Depots.
Q3: In 1947 how much did Bob Pelham pay for 20 sacks of 186,742 toggles?!
£5 £10 or £15
Good luck and be quick!
Write your answers in the comments below, you won't be able to see other peoples answers until 9pm when the result is announced and comments unlocked.
Go Go Go
May the Fourth be with you!
To mark this special day in the lives of Star Wars fans, we are giving you a lockdown teaser...
Which two puppets currently available at the Vintage Pelham Puppet Shop could be mixed together to create the Star Wars icon, Yoda?
If you're the first to match our answer, you will receive a £10 coupon to be spent at the Vintage Pelham Puppet Shop!
(Type your response in the comment section below. We will announce the answer on Wednesday!)
The rarely seen Cook from Alice in Wonderland series will be for sale week beginning 4th May. Images and description below. She's a special puppet and would love to be in a collection with other Alice series characters.
The shop is still working as normal at the moment, but posting items has become a problem for me. The solution has been for myhermes couriers to collect and deliver for UK orders.
International orders will be a little more difficult as these still need to be taken to an open Post Office, and Royal Mail are suggesting deliveries to some countries may be suspended. We will keep watching notifications about services, and update here when necessary.
Most auction houses have now closed but stock arrives to me from original owners and collectors who are selling their collections, so we shouldn't have a problem sourcing new stock.
Did you know you can see all the photos of puppets we have sold, by using the search tool bar on the Home Page. You will have to include 'out of stock' items to give results and keep playing around with the titles entered for the search to work well. For example, enter 'Type SM Clown' and check the box 'include out of stock' and you should see all the Clowns we have sold that match that description.
Do this with any keywords and you'll get to see lots of interesting puppets from the past years.
We will have a lovely 1963 Tagged Scottie Dog for sale next week.
Type SL Scottie Dog with 1963 label, one of the rarer 1963 animal range characters.
He is in very good clean condition with no flaws other than the small fur tuft on the felt beret has aged.
He wears a white ruffle under his black waistcoat, this is very clean and bright, the shirt is clean with no damage, often this is discoloured.
His thick tartan trousers are full and with no damage.
The head mould and all parts are very good. The small composition hands are white and in his right hand he has been given a miniature wooden bottle of Advocaat Bols! I have left it with him for his journey.
He does have a musty smell from storage but luckily this has not affected condition.
The box is good and stamped correctly one end.
Instructions are included.
I'm Imogen from Norfolk, U.K. I have a love of interesting colourful vintage items, especially from the 1950's. Pelham Puppets are one of my strongest collecting areas. There is nowhere to buy vintage Pelham Puppets other than through internet auction sites and auction houses and I felt there was room for somebody to open a shop.