Charlie

£1,850.00

 

Herbert Brighton, who used to perform under the name Benson Grey, lived in Pitsea in Essex and died in around 1960 and was a very respected maker but whose work has remained slightly off the radar given that his work is not signed.

The uncanny nature of ventriloquist’s dummies has enthralled and spooked people for decades, and they continue to feature in horror films to this day. The idea of the ghost in the inanimate object is not a new one, Freud has written at length on the subject in his discussions on the uncanny, and ghost stories have featured dolls and portraits coming to life for centuries

Description

A rare example of an early 20th century ventriloquists dummy attributed to Herber Brighton. In sailors’ uniform, hand crafted from papier Mache. We have chosen to call him “Charlie”. Operator from the rear with a wooden pole that has several movements. His glass eyes move from left to right, eye lid winks, month opens and closes and amazingly his hat also lifts. All original and untouched in form and one of the best we have owned due to the movements and general quirky look.

Material: Cloth and papier Mache

Age: 1920 – 1940

Size approx..: Height 33” x Width 12” x Depth 7”

Item Condition

Condition Report

  1. Worn surface area with fade detail.
  2. The painted detail is also faded in areas.
  3. Wear and tear to the clothing with discolouring
  4. Worn hand and feet surface area.
  5. All the movements work fine if a tad aged.
  6. Chair not included

The photos provided are to give as much condition overview as possible. Please review all the photos and propose questions where areas are unclear or of concern to you.

Its exceedingly difficult to photograph all the areas of these pieces, therefore we strongly suggest reviewing all the photos provided as part of this advert and propose questions where sections are unclear to avoid disappointment upon purchase.

For multiple years we have sold antique and vintage items globally, please expect our items to show relevant age and natural wear, Items are only restored due to breaks and loss, and we always stipulate this in our condition report.

Postage

Please get in touch in advance of a purchase if you based outside of the UK to clarify P&P on this item as this varies dependent upon your global location. Global shipping is possible so please view all shipping details as explained. With items of this fragile and rare nature we always recommend recorded/tracked postage with adequate insurance cover. This may cost a bit more, but at least you are covered from accidents that may take place whilst in transit.

Disclaimer

We do our upmost to relay descriptions and the origin of items sold in our store. We also aim to visualise through pictorial reference the items that are for sold as best we can. The disclaimer is for the customer and makes sure assumptions that can sometimes be made are avoided. We always aim to make sure our customers are not disappointed or misinformed about items that are for sale in our store. For this reason, we strongly recommend that relevant questions relating to the item in question are proposed to us directly, additionally all photographs are used as reference and as part of the advertisement.

Shipping

We aim to ship your purchased item in 2 to 3 working days. The item is packed well and shipped via Parcelforce or Royal mail. Additional to this we used a few carefully selected couriers in the UK to deliver our most fragile or larger item. The courier option is applied at the buyer’s cost, so please get in touch with us directly for further information.

Cancellation / Refunds

We are unable to refund any item which is purchased unless the item is different from what is described in the advert stated. We go to a lot of effect to ensure our customers are happy with their items and purchases. Therefore, we strongly suggest the customer consider the purchase/view all pictures and close ups and propose as many questions via email before a purchase is made. We do no refund our customers if they choose to change their mind about the purchase unfortunately, we will however offer a full refund of the item (excluding postage) if the item once received is not as described, this however can only take place within 48hr of the item being received by the customer. Once an item has been received and if a cancellation has been agreed by The House of Antiques management team, the customer is liable for the cost and insurance of postage if the item needs to be sent back to us in London.

Our Promise

We believe in what we do, deliver what we say we will deliver, and make sure that our unique items are presented and delivered as we would expect them to be presented and delivered to us. Customer service and satisfaction is as important as the item itself and we believe therefore our customers keep coming back for more beautiful and unique item to decorate their lives with.

Photographs

The photos used to promote this item are property of The House of Antiques LTD. If you would like to use these photos, please email us in advance so not to infringe upon copy right laws put in place by The House of Antiques LTD on our property.

What Our Customers Say

I have been a collector of oddities and antiques for many years. I have always been attracted to those antiques that tell a story, are macabre, or just speak to my soul.

When I found The House of Antiques, I was nervous because I am in the United States, and they are located in the UK. I couldn’t have been more wrong to be nervous! Every transaction was seamless! After countless conversations with Harry (who himself seems mystical, because he ALWAYS knows exactly what I would like, and reaches out to me whenever they get something in that he believes fits my tastes), I have not had ONE problem with ANY of the items received. My items have always been first-rate, fairly priced, packaged well, and shipped in a timely manner. They have an eye for the unique, and I look forward to when a new item is posted, as I know that it is something that I will not be able to find ANYWHERE else.

I now don’t just consider myself just a client of the House of Antiques, I feel that Harry who heads up the team there and I are indeed friends, and that makes the interactions even more pleasant.

Chuck B

Private Collector (USA)

© The House Of Antiques 2016 - 2022
Company No: 1099539 | VAT No: 406788763

© The House Of Antiques 2016 - 2022
Company No: 1099539 | VAT No: 406788763

Subscribe To Our Newsletter

It’s our duty to let our customers know when we have come across something special, therefore if you wish to see our latest finds that are bespoke to your needs, please subscribe to our newsletter.

Interests

Thank you for subscribing!