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1985 Tim Selberg Custom Figure



 DAnne Means

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Custom Selberg Studios Vent figure from 1985. I believe that Tim was doing this as a side job at the time. I work with many small children so I wanted a figure that looked like a real little boy. You can see the drawing by Tim Selberg that was used for creating my friend. This figure is about 20" from his seat to the top of his head. He is beautifully carved basswood. His body is a wood frame covered with cloth. He has his original paint job and still looks fabulous. Both of his eyes wink. He originally did not have eyes that returned to the original position, but in 1987 I had Maher add a door for access to his head and make eyes that would return to the middle position. (see the ticket) (I had Maher do it instead of Selberg due to the wait time to get something back from Tim.)

The original levers for moving his mouth, eyes, etc were all plexiglass. The plexiglass lever for his mouth broke and a friend of mine handcarved and installed an oak lever. It has works beautifully!

His mouth, eyes, and eyelids are in great working order. His hands are the original wood carved hands from Tim. One hand has some scuffed knuckles, the other hand is in need of replacement. You can see this in the pictures. If you look closely you will also see that the solid piece of wood that is his "seat" broke. I taped it together and it has worked just fine like that for years so I never tried to replace it. Recently, I was going to replace the hand but I decided to sell Zachary instead. I am only selling him because I rarely do ventriloquism anymore and no longer use him, but use soft bodied puppets instead. None of my children have taken an interest in ventriloquism and I think it would be better if he were enjoyed by someone who would appreciate him.

I am the only owner he has had. He has lived in a non-smoking home. If the buyer would like, I will include his case and the outfits that you see in the pictures. (The Santa suit was hand sewn by my in the late 1970's for my original dummy that was made by Maher! ha!) Please feel free to ask any questions. You may make an offer, but please don't insult me. To have Tim Selberg make this figure today would run you in excess of $4000.





















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